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( Download E-pub ) ê The Bears on Hemlock Mountain á Are there bears on Hemlock Mountain One boy is about to find out in this classic talePeople have always told Jonathan that there are no bears on Hemlock Mountain, no bears at all So he isn t afraid to set out alone over the mountain But as Jonathan discovers one cold winter night, people aren t always right There are bears on Hemlock Mountain I just loved this story It follows a little boy named Jonathan that is asked by his Mother to go down Hemlock Mountain to get a large cooking pot from his Aunt Are there bears on Hemlock Mountain You must read to find out I highly recommend this to kids of all ages. Now while I certainly have very much enjoyed Alice Dalgliesh 1953 Newbery Honour winning The Bears on Hemlock Mountain theme and content wise and do greatly appreciate the slice of pioneer American life presented and depicted, I am nevertheless and sadly left rather majorly cold and unsatisfied with and by the author writng style, by her ways and means of describing young Jonathan s experiences encountering bona fide bears on Hemlock Mountain which I think are supposed to feel and read as an Now while I certainly have very much enjoyed Alice Dalgliesh 1953 Newbery Honour winning The Bears on Hemlock Mountain theme and content wise and do greatly appreciate the slice of pioneer American life presented and depicted, I am nevertheless and sadly left rather majorly cold and unsatisfied with and by the author writng style, by her ways and means of describing young Jonathan s experiences encountering bona fide bears on Hemlock Mountain which I think are supposed to feel and read as an adventursome story of sorts, but never really do manage to manifest themselves as all that exciting and overly interesting For although I usually tend to much enjoy stories of the past, of what life used to be like in the USA or for that matter in Canada, with The Bears on Hemlock Mountain, I just wanted and even needed a bitinformation and details And thus, I have been only mildly amused by The Bears on Hemlock Mountaib at best, mostly because I simply have found Alice Dalgliesh s textual expression and description not all that personally engaging enough and definitely seriously lacking in for me required details , as well as the ending feeling a bit rushed and annoyingly incomplete And while I do appreciate that the intended audience, that younger children just learning to read or having the book read to or with them might indeed, might well find The Bears on Hemlock Mountain engaging and entertaining enough, for me as an older adult reader and also as someone who never was exposed to The Bears on Hemlock Mountain as a child , there is just not enough so called narrational meat presented for me to rank Alice Dalgliesh s The Bears on Hemlock Mountain withthan a high two stars maximum I m trying to figure out why this won a 1953 Newbery Honor At first I thought that 1952 must have been a very unexceptional year for children s literature Then I looked at the winners Charlotte s Web was also an Honor that year along with three others , losing out to Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark WHAT THE HECK Bears on Hemlock Mountain received the same award as Charlotte Wilbur Unthinkable What was this Newbery Committee thinking How could any other children s book of that y I m trying to figure out why this won a 1953 Newbery Honor At first I thought that 1952 must have been a very unexceptional year for children s literature Then I looked at the winners Charlotte s Web was also an Honor that year along with three others , losing out to Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark WHAT THE HECK Bears on Hemlock Mountain received the same award as Charlotte Wilbur Unthinkable What was this Newbery Committee thinking How could any other children s book of that year have been better than Charlotte s Web It couldn t The End.So, back to the book Jonathan lives on Hemlock Mountain His entire life he has been assured by a little chant that there are no bears on Hemlock Mountain One day he is sent over the mountain by his mother to borrow a big iron pot from his aunt Jonathan bravely makes the trip, muttering to himself the chant about no bears, just for reassurance Turns out the little chant is wrong There are bears on Hemlock Mountain While weeding our library I came across this little chapter book It was very short, had lots of blocky black and blue illustrations, and the silver Newbery medal on the front It had not been checked out once in the last five years Clearly, my kids weren t interested So I weeded it, but kept it to read myself There s not much to it It s based on a Pennsylvania tall tale, and Dalgliesh fleshed it out to make it longer I enjoyed the illusrations, and the historical aspects are undoubtedly correct, but for me, this is nowhere near a Newbery Honor On a quirky note, the chant bothered me because I could not discern a steady rhythm THERE ARE NO BEARS ON HEMLOCK MOUNTAIN, NO BEARS AT ALL OF COURSE THERE ARE NO BEARS ON HEMLOCK MOUNTAIN, NO BEARS, NO BEARS, NO BEARS, NO BEARS AT ALL.Looks simple, yes Every time I thought I had the rhythm down, though, the wording changed Kinda drove me just a little nuts Oops, read another upcoming Newbery before its time Oh well this is not much longer than a picture book, profusely illustrated, and ever so charming Even the design is important I hope the editions with the modern cover at least have the same interior setup This could even, imo, have qualified for a Caldecott I look forward to rereading it with the group.