The Biggest Bear

The Biggest Bear

Book - 1952
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Johnny goes hunting for a bearskin to hang on his family's barn and returns with a small bundle of trouble.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1952.
ISBN: 9780395148068
Call Number: WARD
Characteristics: 84 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Subjects: Bears -- Juvenile fiction.
Caldecott Medal.


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ArapahoeCarina May 29, 2019

It is a Caldecott Medal in 1953. This story tells about the relationship between a boy and a bear cub, a wild animal is difficult to train and domesticate although the love between beings could be enormous. Monochromatic illustrations.

Jun 01, 2013

The illustrations are beautiful--but the subject matter falls heavily in the "You can tell this was written in the 50s" arena. The young hero of the story sets out to shoot a bear--just like everyone else in town does, several times a year even--but instead takes pity on a baby bear cub. Baby bears grow into big bears, and the playful adult proceeds to eat the family out of house and home. The story's about to go all Old Yeller on us, when a more humane (but still depressing, really) ending presents itself.

Could be a good talking point with your children on why wildlife rescue organizations seek to return animals to nature, and not keep them as pets or in zoos.


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