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The Bears on Hemlock Mountain Paperback – October 31, 1992
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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.
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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The children and I were absolutely captivated by this book that I read aloud. Jonathan and his family live at the bottom of Hemlock Mountain. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amanda
I read this to my boys one winter night they wanted me to tell them more adventures about the Bears. I read a book called bear valley and I just loved it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Delilah Brinkerhoff
My granddaughters favorite book to read herself. Highly recommend!Published 2 months ago by Linda Conn
The Bears on Hemlock Mountain is fun!
Because this story is interest.
Jonathan is like my character.
I like Jonathan^^😄
And this story too!!
One of my kids favorite reads. Quick and easy to read in setting. Appeals to both genders.Published 3 months ago by Heidi Spangle
Read with my daughter for Summer reading. Easy to read,but not for a first grader. The chapters were short enough that we could half of it in one setting, take a break and finish.Published 7 months ago by Melissa
Super sweet book to read to a child or for them to read if a little older. We liked it.Published 8 months ago by MommaK