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Brother Hugo and the Bear by Katy Beebe
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bookshelves: picture-books, 2014-illustrated, historical-fiction, books-about-books

A surprisingly lively tale of a monk, a bear, and a book. The language is charmingly old-fashioned, parts of the pictures are inspired by illuminated manuscripts (with plenty of bears). While it would be a great addition to a lesson on medieval monasteries or book-making, it's also a funny story on its own merits.

From when the Abbot discovers that the bear has eaten the letters of St. Augustine:

"Pray tell, Brother Hugo," said the Abbot, "how did a bear find our letters of St. Augustine?"

"They seemed to agree with him."

And the closing line, from the monks of the neighboring monastery:

"We are most right glad to see you, Brother Hugo," they whispered. "Your library book is due today."

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Reading Progress

Started Reading
May 14, 2014 – Shelved
May 14, 2014 – Shelved as: picture-books
May 14, 2014 – Shelved as: 2014-illustrated
May 14, 2014 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
May 14, 2014 – Shelved as: books-about-books
May 14, 2014 – Finished Reading

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