The Bears On Hemlock Mountain
Or so young Jonathan is told by the grown-ups as he sets out alone over Hemlock Mountain. But as Jonathan discovers on that cold winter night, grown-ups don't always know...
And there are bears on Hemlock Mountain!
This book was written in 1952, but harks b ...more
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Put on the kettle, kettle, kettle over, and over again.
That's one of the things I like about a well-written books for kids -- I always learn something.
Unlike many Newbery titles, especially the newer ones, this is a story for young children. I like the 8-year-old boy's interest in wildlife, and I suppose that (view spoiler)[ it was realistic to shoot the bear for food, especially since this was written in 1952 (hide spoiler)] but I would have preferred a different ending.
This book is made to be read aloud. I got a kick out of Helen Selwell's illustrations and Dalgliesh's use of music and rhythm.
I feel like the publishing industry doesn't put the same thought and care into early chapter books that they used to. So instead of treasures like The Light at Tern Rock ...more
I could not be more puzzled by this book's Newbery Honor. The Newbery is awarded for the "most distinguished work"; presumably the Honors are given for "distinguished work"; and distinguished is the last word I'd use to describe this ordinary easy-reader. It isn't particularly funny, or poetic, or exciting; it doesn't present a moral in a profound way. They ...more
I really, really liked this short and cute little chapter book right up until the very end.
The end felt so out of character with the rest of the book. Most of the book is spent with Jonathan, the 8 year old boy who makes his first trip over the mountain. He brings snacks for different kinds of wildlife he might meet and on the way back...
(view spoiler)[He does meet a couple bears. He hides under the large iron kettle he is bringing back and the bears run off when the boy's father and u ...more
"There are no bears on Hemlock Mountain." This is the mantra Jonathan uses to comfort himself on the long and lonely journey over the mountain to borrow his aunt's large iron pot. When he stays too long at his aunt's house and ventures home in the dark, however, it becomes clear that there are bears on Hemlock Mountain - and Jonathan must outsmart them if he's to make it home safe and sound!
It is surprising to me how many reviewers on Goodrea ...more
The Bears on Hemlock Mountain is not typical of what usually received Newbery Honor nods, but it is written in the same Alice Dalgliesh style that garnered her two additional Newbery Honor citations.
Cute story of a young boy doing a grown-up errand: going across a mountain to fetch a pot from his aunt got his mother. The suspense around the question: are there bears on Hemlock Mountain? is well done and the unfolding answer is a little funny and a lot satisfying.
It's a lovely little book, with a sparse writing style, enough details to keep a five year old feeling like she's one step ahead of the main character, and just enough suspense to keep her asking for one more chapter.
I'll definitely be reading this one with her sisters in the next few weeks.
Educator, editor, book reviewer, and author, Dalgliesh was an elementary school teacher for nearly seventeen years, and later taught a course in children's literature at Columbia University. From 1934 to 1960 she served as children's book editor for Charles ...more