The Bear Hug


Cubby loves to visit Grandpa Bear. Often Grandpa and Cubby practice growling. In fall, they find food in the doughnut shop. In winter, they hibernate by the TV. But the very best thing about visiting Grandpa Bear is the Bear Hug.

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Cubby loves to visit Grandpa Bear. Often Grandpa and Cubby practice growling. In fall, they find food in the doughnut shop. In winter, they hibernate by the TV. But the very best thing about visiting Grandpa Bear is the Bear Hug.

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Publishers Weekly
Bryant's (If You Were My Baby) lighthearted pictures buoy this slight story of intergenerational ursine bonding. In debut author Callahan's tale, Grandpa Bear is teaching Cubby all the essential bear skills: how to growl, how to fish and swim, how to hibernate, and even how to savor a bear claw at the local doughnut shop. But is Cubby up to the biggest challenge of all-extricating himself from his grandpa's Bear Hug? The final pages reveal that Cubby's mastering of this skill is really just an excuse for some cherished grandfather-grandson play wrestling. Bryant's pictures are the book's strength. The mutual affection that emanates from the bears' tiny eyes feels utterly genuine, while their thick, shaggy coats-rendered in tiny ink strokes that resemble the whorls of a fingerprint-possess an endearing, cuddly feel. The scene of Grandpa and Cubby "hibernating" (they're actually snoozing in front of the TV on a snowy night) speaks volumes about the simple pleasures and enduring love of extended family life. Ages 3-6. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Every Sunday Cubby walks to Grandpa Bear's house for lessons on how to be a bear. Cubby gets tips on proper growling, fishing ("It's all in the wrist," says Grandpa Bear), swimming, and hunting. And in the winter, Grandpa Bear shows Cubby the finer points of hibernating. But the "best thing" is when Cubby tries to wiggle out of Grandpa Bear's bear hug. "Nobody ever gets out of the Bear Hug," warns Grandpa Bear as he chases young Cubby. But Cubby, who knows this game well, vows, "I'm gonna wiggle, wiggle, wiggle my way out!" And then he "giggles, giggles, giggles" when he does. Though slight, this engaging story does what it is intended to: it reminds readers of the important relationship between grandpas and grandcubs. This book is a loving read and the humorous, kid-friendly watercolor paintings aptly draw readers—both young and old—into the fun. Though this is Sean Callahan's first book, he says he bear hugs his two daughters daily. 2006, Albert Whitman & Company, Ages 1 to 3.
—Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Every Sunday, Cubby visits his grandpa, who teaches him how to be a bear. Throughout the seasons they fish, eat, hibernate, and play. The best thing about Grandpa Bear, though, is his Bear Hug, and little Cubby loves to try and wriggle out of it, which he does successfully each week. This slight, sweet story portrays a loving, intergenerational relationship through friendly watercolor paintings. Larger collections and those that never have enough bear stories will find that it makes good filler.-Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Every Sunday, Cubby Bear visits Grandpa Bear. Cubby loves the growling lessons, the fishing lessons, the hunt for food and learning to hibernate. The best part of the visit, though, is the bear hug. Grandpa Bear is sure Cubby can't escape, but Cubby wiggles and wriggles until he gets free. Then the little bear giggles because he always manages to get out of Grandpa's special Bear Hugs. A sweet if run-of-the-mill concept is made special here by the interplay of the text and the watercolor illustrations. First-time author Callahan's text describes realistic bear activities for the intergenerational duo, but Bryant's cartoon-realistic bears are definitely living in houses and eating in diners. Cubby and Grandpa "hibernate" in front of a TV with popcorn and fish with fishing poles. Libraries in need of a steady supply of cute-and-cuddly need look no further. A good gift for the Grandpa Bear in your life. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807505960
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted December 21, 2009

    Everyone needs a bear hug

    An engaging story about trust and relationship building between children and adults.


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