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. Volume XVIII Number 9. . . .October 28, 2011
Throughout this tale, the love-filled bear hugs a variety of animals (rabbit, moose, bird, snake, skunk, beaver) and trees. It is only when the bear encounters a man with an axe, set on cutting down a "magnificent tree," that the bear's desire to give a hug is challenged. In the end, the bear kindly (and unintentionally) scares the man away and gives one final hug to the magnificent tree.
I just love this story. The text is simple and straightforward, and the illustrations are the same. This charming tale is light-hearted and slightly humorous, as when the bear was "trying to hug a beaver and a tree at the same time." The accompanying illustrations to the bear's hugs are light-hearted as well, with the animals' comical facial expressions as they receive their hugs, and the man's, too, when he encounters the bear. This story also brings forth the message of the power of a hug.
Karyn Miehl, a mother of two and a secondary school English teacher, lives in Kingsville, ON.
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