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Marvin Bear and The Eating Place was written on a rainy day, in my car, next to a golf course somewhere in South San Jose, in 1980, and was illustrated over the next two years.

2 Marvin Wakes Up
3 Marvin greets Blue Jay
4 Marvin bakes some snacks
5 Elly Bear arrives - image missing
6 Marvin and Elly meet Raccoon
7 Raccoon Meets Moose
8 Raccoon Climbs Aboard
9 Raccoon invites Owl
10 Raccoon invites Opposum
11 Opossum climbs aboard and rides backward
12 A terrible Thing in the Forest?
13 And they were ALL looking at Raccoon
14 Raccoon knew he was in big trouble
15 "Wait...here IS a picnic", said Marvin - image missing
16 The best picnic ever because very one shares
17 It was REALLY all Raccoon's idea!

Marvin Bear and The Eating Place

An illustrated children's story by I.B. Nelson

EllyBear and Marvin meeting Raccoon - Marvin Bear and The Eating Place, An illustrated children's story by I.B. Nelson
Text and art ©I.B. Nelson. All rights reserved.

Marvin and Elly Bear had gone only a little way when they met Raccoon.

"Well, hello there bears and bird" said Raccoon, looking up at Blue Jay, who was flying along with Marvin and Elly bear.
He had been pattering along with his favorite walking stick,
and now stopped to find out where Marvin and Ely Bear and Blue Jay were going.

Raccoon was ALWAYS very curious.

"And just where are you going this fine day?", he asked.

"We are going to the Eating Place under the Hazelnut trees", replied Marvin,
"Where we will picnic. And then we shall go sailing.
Sea Lion and Otter will be there too."

"Then so will I", said Raccoon, who did not wait to be invited.
Without even a please or a thank-you, Raccoon walked ahead,
making many remarks about the fine day and how good it was to have generous friends who invited their neighbors to picnic lunches.
Since he was in a great hurry to get to the picnic, Raccoon walked very quickly,
and was soon far ahead of Marvin and Elly Bear.