Big Bear Hug

Nicholas Oldland
Nicholas Oldland

A huge bear is wandering through the forest - but wait a minute! Who's that he's hugging? A beaver? And a moose? And a bird? And a tree?

Welcome to the world of Big Bear Hug, a contemporary fable about a bear who has an appetite for hugging everything in sight - even creatures that bears have been known to eat. One day, the benevolent bear meets up with a human. This human proceeds to do something the bear cannot understand: he raises his axe and begins to cut down a tree. Suddenly the bear doesn't feel like hugging anymore and must make a difficult decision on how to stop this destruction in his forest.

The environmental message of Big Bear Hug is both funny and powerful, while simple enough to engage very young children and show them the awesome power of a hug.

978-1-55453-464-7 | Sep 1, 2009
List Price: USD $18.99, CAD $21.99
4-color 8 x 8 32 pages
Grades: PreSchool To 2 / Ages: 3 to 7
978-1-77138-151-2 | Aug 1, 2014
List Price: USD $7.99, CAD $8.99
4-color 8 x 8 32 pages
Grades: PreSchool To 2 / Ages: 3 to 7
978-1-5253-0379-1 | Apr 7, 2020
List Price: USD $9.99, CAD $11.99
978-1-55453-909-3 | May 15, 2012
List Price: USD $5.99, CAD $5.99

Educational Resources

Adult Directed

Awards & Reviews

“This debut is a treat for the tree hugger in all of us.”
— Kirkus Reviews, August 2009
“... an attractive and appealing book.”
— Quill & Quire, October 2009
“... the book's quick humor makes it easy to embrace.”
— School Library Journal, October 2009
“Oldland's rustic-styled digital artwork looks like a hip flannel pajama print ... and his pictures play sly comic foil to the earnest text.”
— Publishers Weekly, October 2009
2011 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2010 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

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