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Big Bear Hug Hardcover – Sep 1 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (Sept. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155453464X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554534647
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This first picture book by artist and filmmaker Nicholas Oldland is a warm-hearted fable for the very young. Issues of conservation, confrontation, and love for all living things are spun together in the humorous and charming story of a bear who loves to hug everything – even creatures that other bears might be inclined to eat or attack. When this affectionate, tree-loving bear encounters a man with an axe looking to cut down one of the oldest, tallest, and most beautiful trees in the forest, the bear’s mood changes, but he quickly realizes that non-violent action may be just as effective as angry confrontation. Oldland tells his fable in simple but memorable prose, with unobtrusive rhyme and repetition: “Big trees. Little trees. Apple trees. Pear trees. Peach trees. This bear hugged them all.” There is delicate irony when the bear sees the woodsman spending “so much time looking at this magnificent tree that the bear thought he must love trees, too.” The logger is not demonized, but shown as somewhat naive and comically unaware. A small red bird follows the bear everywhere and participates in the action as a kind of stand-in for the child hearing the story. Like some of the startled creatures the bear hugs, we discover that big scary creatures may be benevolent; like the bear, we learn that bad intentions exist in the world, but are best counteracted by goodness and love rather than by force. Stylized trees and animals and a limited colour palate keep the focus on the words and story, and make for an attractive and appealing book.


This debut is a treat for the tree hugger in all of us.

... an attractive and appealing book.

... the book’s quick humor makes it easy to embrace.

Oldland’s rustic-styled digital artwork looks like a hip flannel pajama print ... and his pictures play sly comic foil to the earnest text.

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By PumpkinPie on March 4 2011
Format: Hardcover
My daughter picked this book out of her in-class collection of books, when she realized that the graphic on the front of the book is the (copywrited?) theme for the pyjamas we bought her at a children's store in Cobourg. Funny coincidense.

This book is simply written and very easy to follow. We are immediately drawn to the affability of the bear. What a great book, to get one or more messages across using so few words!
Book's conclusion: unforseeable and pleasant solution to an emotionally charged problem.
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By Traveltheworld on March 19 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My little son loves books and this is one of his favourites. I like to get him books that have a nice theme/moral component to it, and this one fits the bill.

I give him a hug every time the bear gives one of the animals a hug, and he loves it. He has also been walking around saying "bear hugs!" It's absolutely adorable.
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By J. Bidulka on April 15 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book with a sweet message. I purchased it for my nephews (3 and 5 years old). They both love it and want it read to them repeatedly.
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