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The Friendly Bear.

Bram was a big friendly bear. He didn't like to growl; instead, he always smiled with his gentle eyes.

Every morning, as the sun peeked over the horizon, Bram would rise and shake out his thick fur. He walked to the nearby playground where the neighborhood children were already playing. They knew Bram well and affectionately called him 'Uncle Bram.'

Bram played hide-and-seek with the little ones. His large paws made it difficult to hide behind trees, but the children laughed and helped him. They climbed on his back and slid down his broad back as if he were a living slide.

On warm summer days, Bram organized picnics. He brought juicy berries and honey, and the children sat in a circle around him. They listened to his tales of distant forests and adventures he had when he was a young bear.

In the winter, as snowflakes gently fell from the sky, Bram made large snowprints with his thick paws. He loved it!

One day, as spring hung in the air, Bram told the children where they could find the sweetest strawberries deep in the forest, not far from the village. 'Let's go there together!' said Bram.

And so Bram and the children journeyed through the forest, along winding paths and by babbling brooks. They found the strawberries and picked them with their little hands. Juice dripped from their chins as they laughed and shared stories.

Bram wasn't just a big friendly bear; he was also a wise bear. He taught the children about friendship, sharing, and the importance of playing together. They called him not only 'Uncle Bram' but also 'Our Wise Bear.'

And so it went on for years. Bram and the children continued to play together, season after season. The neighborhood was a happy place, thanks to the big friendly bear who was always ready to laugh, hug, and play.

And if you ever wander through that peaceful village, pay close attention. You might catch a glimpse of Bram, the big friendly bear, still playing with the neighborhood children. Because some friendships are forever, even between a bear and a child.