Don't Worry, Douglas!


A lovable brown bear needs a hug, but he doesn't know his own strenght... Simultaneously goofy and heartwarming, a winning combination. Age 3-7

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A lovable brown bear needs a hug, but he doesn't know his own strenght... Simultaneously goofy and heartwarming, a winning combination. Age 3-7

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Publishers Weekly
In his second adventure, Douglas the bear loves the fuzzy orange hat that his father gives him, but when the hat snags on a branch, it turns into a “long string of spaghetti.” Douglas’s friends offer suggestions—the sheep try to wind it into a ball, a cow demonstrates how it can still be worn like a wig—but when it starts to rain, Douglas takes Rabbit’s advice to tell his father the truth about what happened. Melling’s artwork brims with physical comedy as he delivers his message about coming clean with sensitivity and good humor. Ages 3–7. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
The appealing young brown bear from Hugless Douglas returns, excited and pleased with the wooly hat his father has given him. His dad warns him to take care of it, but Douglas rushes off to show his friends. And show them he does, cart wheeling away until he realizes with horror that his hat has caught in a tree and unraveled "into one long string of spaghetti." His friends try to help, rewinding the yarn into impossible substitutes. As he worries how to tell his dad, his friend Rabbit suggests that he just tell him. Douglas trudges apprehensively back home. When he tells his parents the story, his father says he should not worry. He offers Douglas his own hat, reassuring him, "You'll soon grow into it!" A scene of our young, anthropomorphic bear with his supporting cast of adorable lambs and feisty bunnies on the jacket leads us into the story. The lambs tussle with yards of the red yarn there and across the title pages, a hint of what is to come with the knitted hat. The story is told in large, naturalistic but comic watercolor vignettes accompanied by a text in large typeface. The final double pages offer the laugh-provoking depictions of lambs and bunnies wearing a dozen or so wild and crazy hats. The lesson of simply telling your parents the truth is an added attraction. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Douglas the lovable bear returns. This time he receives a special wool hat from his father. He runs outside to show his friends and, in his excitement, it unravels. The sheep wind the yarn into a ball and try to reshape it, but it looks ungainly. Cow uses her fashion style, to no avail. Bird tries to make a nest out of it, but that doesn't fly. When it begins to rain, Rabbit attempts to plug up his burrow with it. Finally, Douglas decides to be honest and tell his father what happened. Dad understands and saves the day by giving his own big green hat to Douglas, which he will soon grow into. The final spread shows the sheep and the rabbit modeling various humorous chapeaus: the Best Friends Hat, the Weather Hat, and so forth. Bright illustrations in bold colors reflect Douglas's moods. For example, in one spread he looks appropriately bewildered, surrounded by the sheep, when they realize that yards of wool are strung throughout the trees and branches like spaghetti. When a sheepish Douglas shows up at home holding the ball of wool, his parents maintain a quiet look of surprise- the kind that doesn't make their cub feel worse about his mishap. Melling successfully communicates the theme of honesty with compassion. Well done.—Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589251069
  • Publisher: Tiger Tales
  • Publication date: 9/28/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 687,801
  • Lexile: AD200L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.40 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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