Annie's Reviews > Brother Hugo and the Bear
Brother Hugo and the Bear
This story takes place in the Middle Ages, and certainly is unlike typical children's books. It's hard to determine whether characters are relatable or universal since they are monks! The fact that this is a partially true story of how monks wrote manuscripts by hand might make this interesting to young children, and the visuals are very well done. There is a bear to find within the illustrations, which also could keep children engaged. It's obvious to see that if you were teaching about the Middle Ages or monks that this could be used for historical content (there is a glossary of terms and author and illustrator notes about the historical accuracy). However, not many elementary social studies classrooms teach this content. Although written for primary grades, I suppose this could be used with secondary students.
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