The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Big Bear Hug

Contemporary fable highlights the love of a hug

There was once a bear so filled with love and happiness that whenever he roamed the forest and came across another living thing, he would give it a hug, writes Nicholas Oldland in this delightful children's book. He surprises a rabbit who is convinced that his fate is to be eaten. Others are astonished that the bear hugs them even though they are small, smelly or scary. Never having met a tree he didn't like, the bear hugs all kinds of them. When he meets a man in the forest with an axe who wants to chop down a tree, the bear is forced to reconsider his hugging policy.

This wonderful contemporary fable is perfect for little ones who will instinctively understand that hugging is an expression of love.


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