McEwen, Katharine Bear Hug Templar Books, 2014. PICTURE BOOK $15.99 Content: G.
A bear comes out of his cave and eats fish and berries. He finds another bear and they prepare for the winter and sleep in a bear hug in their cave. When spring comes they wake up and have a bear cub. They teach the cub how to catch fish and gather leaves for their cave. The seasons change and all three bears go back to the cave and sleep for the winter in a bear hug.
The illustrations are beautiful and attractive. The storyline is predictable and basic-not too much development. I guess my hang up with this book is that bears don’t hibernate with a mate and male bears don’t teach their cubs anything (they actually try to eat them) and although this is a fictional picture book, it didn’t have enough story to make it fiction and it felt like the author was trying to explain a bear’s life-which wasn’t even close to truth.
EL (K-3)-OPTIONAL. Reviewer, C. Peterson.