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Big Bear Hug (Life in the Wild)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
In this great little book, we meet a bear who loves to give hugs. It's his nature! He hugs animals of all sizes, but his favorite thing to hug are trees. When a man comes in to cut down one of his beloved trees, bear has a cathartic moment and realizes that even though he wants to eat the man, it's not in his nature, so he hugs him instead. Of course this causes the man to run away as fast as he can - problem solved. A simple little story about hugs. At first reading, I thought wow, the bear wants to eat the man? That's a little intense... As it turns out, it adds just the right bit of tension to an otherwise cuddly story. The illustrations are rather plain, but I think the author did a good job conveying the animals terrified expressions when the bear hugs them, and the bear is very relatable and not too scary. The green theme is obvious and not a bad little lesson, but it's the hugging theme that I liked the best. It worked well for small group sharing and the kids really enjoyed it when I asked them to find someone to give a "bear hug". My only wish for this book is that it had been bigger. The small size is great for lap sharing and for little hands but not great for groups. I want a bigger version! Still a big recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Written and illustrated by Nicholas Oldland, "Big Bear Hug" is a joyous romp of a story about a bear who loves everything and everyone so much that he gives them all big bear hugs. he even hugs snakes! His favorite thing to hug is trees, all kinds. When he finds a lumberman starting to chop down the largest, most beautiful tree in the forest, he feels something very different from love for the man. Try as he might, he cannot bring himself to attack the man. Instead, he does what he does best: he HUGS him. So ends the fantastical tale of a bear who loves trees (and everyone). All the original colorful illustrations are artwork that was rendered in Photoshop. They are very effective in delivering the message between the lines of text, which is set in Animated Gothic. All in all, "Big Bear Hug" is a book sure to appeal to kids age 5 and up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
Kiwi Magazine Review:
Huge hugging bear coming your way! The illustrations in this book are absolutely priceless; all sorts of animals find themselves wrapped in a huge hairy hug, whether they like it or not (their faces humorously tell of their displeasure). The kind bear just can't stop hugging. That it, until he meets up with an ax-wielding human. He is just about to eat him but decides to hug him instead. The human runs as fast as he can, and the bear gives the tree a giant hug. This is my new favorite children's book for its entertainment value, aesthetics and a bit of a green message.
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on March 1, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Imagine being filled with so much love that you hugged everything around you, even the things that you usually ate. That is what bear does. He hugs everything including a little bird, a big moose, a long snake; I think you understand how much love bear has. Bears favorite things to hug are trees, lots of trees of different sizes and varieties. All is well until one day a man carrying a axe grabs the attention of bear never the forest. Bear believes the man loves trees too until he starts to destroy the tree. Bear can’t hug the man as he’s too angry but what can bear do? You’ll love the surprise happy ending and so will the kids. I enjoyed the font style and size for this picture book; bold, black and stylish. The pictures are terrific and I love the animal’s eyes. The look of astonishment on some of the animals faces, just make you smile. You have to love black bear, he truly is adorable.
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on September 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Big Bear Hug is a short picture book with an environmental theme about a bear who loves his woods so much he hugs everything (and everyone) in them. One day he comes upon a person cutting down a tree and is faced with a dilemma of how best to defend his forest (he is a bear after all).

While this is, literally, a "tree-hugging" book in the end I thought it was far more about individualism and being true to yourself, keeping the green message clear, but not hitting readers over the head with it, or with guilt. It's cute too, and easily charmed both my children.

Good for libraries that might need a variety of themes, or parents who want to teach care of the environment without taking too hard of a line, or for kids who love animals. Big Bear Hug is one of the better quality books out there, in both content and illustrations.
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on January 23, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I read this book in the library and liked it so much I bought it for my child. There is a subtle message about how to handle your feelings in this story. I prefer stories with a lesson that I can talk about once the story is over. The art is basic, but the message is about being kind and loving, while not giving in to anger. If you prefer a lighter reading, it still hold up.
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on February 16, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Love this book. Environmental consciousness, readability, great art, understanding of the fact that each person has her own nature, peace-loving. Has been one of our child's favorite stories from age 2 til current age 5.
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on November 3, 2014
Format: Hardcover
<i>Big Bear Hug</i> is a fantastically funny quick read aloud to share with young children. Bear is filled with such love for all animals and things that he must literally “Bear Hug” everything; often to the surprise of the hugged (their expressions.... Priceless!). Kids will wish to read and giggle over this book again and again!
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on February 25, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
My almost 4 grandson and I enjoy the Oldland books - we now have three of them. They have great illustrations and great messages although we always talk about when and where in life there may be necessary exceptions as to how a person might manage a situation without losing his/her integrity.
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on April 23, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I first saw this book when I was vacationing in Alaska. Being a teacher, I'm ALWAYS looking for good children's books. Rather than purchasing it while on my trip and having to transport it home, I ordered it through Amazon! Recommend for ages 3-9.
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