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The Bears on Hemlock Mountain Paperback – October 31, 1992

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About the Author

Alice Dagliesh wrote many books for young readers, including The Thanksgiving Story, The Fourth of July Story, the Bears on Hemlock Mountain, and The Little Wooden Farmer, all available from Aladdin.

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William Dufris's homey voice invites listeners to settle in for a favorite family story. As Jonathan's mother plans for a family christening celebration, she realizes that only Aunt Emma's pot is large enough to hold stew for 20 relatives and that only Jonathan can be spared from the farm work to fetch the cauldron. Dufris coordinates his pacing and mood to Jonathan's trek over the mountain--speedy and jaunty as Jonathan sets off reciting his mantra "there are no bears on Hemlock Mountain," poky as Jonathan stops to feed forest animals, and elongated and exaggerated as darkness falls. How alone IS Jonathan as he hides under the pot to wait for help? A.R. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
  • Series: Ready-for-Chapters
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reissue edition (October 31, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689716044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689716041
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I am so glad to see that this book is in print again. When I was a child, I read and reread this book. I borrowed it from our local library and thought it was just wonderful. In fact, it was such a favorite in our family, that the refrain, "There are no bears on Hemlock Mountain, no bears, no bears at all." became a family saying. I looked and looked for this book when my 14 year old daughter was 7 or 8, but could not seem to find it. I happened upon it on at Amazon and immediately purchased a copy for my second daughter who is now 7. I think the element of suspense as to whether Jonathan would make it home safely was what I enjoyed most at that age. This is a great book for all children of the 7 - 9 age group. Very memorable!
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Format: Paperback
My kids, in 1st and 2nd grade, read and loved this book. I think it is particularly satisfying to children because often when kids say they are afraid of something, perhaps of poisonous snakes in the woods or ghosts in the closet, adults will tell them "there's no poisonous snakes in these woods", or "there's no such thing as a ghost". In this book, however, young Jonathan's fears were VINDICATED! He was right and there WERE bears on Hemlock Moutain!

My kids also loved Jonathan's absentminded visit to his aunt, as they also sometimes forget tasks they are supposed to do. And they loved his creative solution when he came face to face with the bears!

The illustrations are charming, simple two-color drawings, and the book is written with a tongue-in-cheek tone that I really enjoyed and the kids didn't notice.

My children also read "Courage of Sarah Noble" by the same author, and were able to compare and contrast the books - we used a venn diagram. Then they both voted this book their favorite of the two.
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Format: Paperback
Jonathan and his family live at the foot of the big hill that is called Hemlock Mountain. One spring, expecting many relatives for a feast, his mother sends him over Hemlock Mountain to fetch a large iron pot from his aunt. All of the adults (except his Uncle James, who has taught him how to observe wildlife) believe that there are no bears on Hemlock Mountain, but Jonathan isn't so sure. Still, he makes it across without meeting any. At his aunt's house he eats too many cookies and falls asleep, starting home just as the sun begins to set. There he sees some bears, and hides under the pot. His father and uncles come to rescue him just in time, and he proudly presents the pot to his mother.

This brief book is masterfully crafted, and through Dalgiesh's easy-to-read prose the young reader gets a picture of Jonathan's close-knit, loyal, and sometimes overwhelming colonial family. In one day Jonathan experiences the pleasures of the outdoors, the comforts of the hearth, and the terror of a small child alone at night.

The story is really about dealing with fear, and the characters try to deal with the possibility of bears through denial. Jonathan and others repeat to themselves that "There ARE no bears on Hemlock Mountain." But this attempt at avoiding the truth is ineffective, and it is with relief that Jonathan finally announces that "There ARE bears on Hemlock Mountain!" His pride at carrying the heavy pot pales next to the fact that he has faced the frightening truth everyone else has avoided.

Sensitive children might be troubled by the scene in which Jonathan meets the bears, but his quick rescue provides a comforting end to this suspenseful story. This is a great early chapter book, either for young listeners or young readers.

The newest edition of this book has a cover that seems more scary than the story actually merits, so I recommend an earlier edition.
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Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be very entertaining. It is great for kids because they are kept in suspense as to whether or not Johnathan will make it home safely. Kids are also exposed to the important concepts of staying on task and obeying their parents. Dalgliesh's talent for writing and Sewell's creative drawings make a wonderful book and I highly recommend it to become a part of a child's library.
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Format: Hardcover
This book was enjoyable because it's use of imagery and description bring the reader into the story's setting. All the events are plausible. Dialogue is clear and simple. It is easy to associate with this story because it includes a typical relationship between parent and child. Children can relate to the fear that Jonathan has, as well as the trial to overcome that fear. The progression this book follows is adequate - not too slow and not too fast. Overall, this book can be very enjoyable for the child reader.
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A Kid's Review on February 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
I liked it when the animals were eating. I liked it when Jonathan's uncles came walking up. I also like dit when Jonathan was hiding. I would tell a friend to read this book because my friend might like bears and likes hiking mountains.
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A Kid's Review on February 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
I liked the book because there were bears there. I liked it when Jonathan's father came and I liked the squirrels. I would tell a friend to read this book because it has animals in it. It has bears in it.
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I bought this CD as a Christmas present for my 6 year old grandson, along with the Moffats. My daughter said he would listen to these at bedtime. My grandson told me recently that he didn't like the Moffats so much (6 year olds are so honest, God bless them) , but loved The Bears on Hemlock Mountain. He became very animated and began telling me the highlights. When he's happy with his Christmas gift, I'm happy.
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