The Bears on Hemlock Mountain

by Alice Dalgliesh

Paperback, 1992



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Aladdin (1992), Edition: Reissue, 64 pages


A young boy sent on an errand over Hemlock Mountain is not so sure he likes going alone, because there may be bears on the mountain, but with the help of the big iron pot he borrows, he completes his errand.

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LibraryThing member aconant05
Jonathan makes the journey over Hemlock Mountain to retrieve a huge pot for his mother from his aunt so that she can make a big meal for everyone. Will he run into any bears?
LibraryThing member brookebrush
Age Appropriateness: Intermediate
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Review: This is a good example of realistic fiction, because people encounter bears in real life.
Comments: - Talk about the setting of this book, many kids if they are from the city may not understand what a farmhouse is like.
- Use words
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from the book for vocab
- Discuss what students should do if they saw a bear in real life.
Media: Ink
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LibraryThing member bcowie
Jonathan is sent across Hemlock Mountain to fetch a pot from his aunt's house. While at his aunt's house, Jonathan eats too many cookies and falls asleep. He starts home across the mountain later than he should, and ends up encountering bears despite always being told that there are no bears on
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Hemlock Mountain.

I wasn't fond of this book. I found it a little bit boring and tedious. The storytelling wans't very engaging.

I would use this as a beginning chapter book for kids. We would talk about Jonathan's fear and his creative way to deal with it.
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LibraryThing member ctmscori
The bears on hemlock mountain is a classical read winning many award including the newbury award. The book was about a boy going to his aunts house over hemlock mountain to get a pot for dinner. Along the way he ecounters a family of bear. It was a short read about a 100 pages long. The author
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attemted to to make the book very old fashioned; eating cookies and milk next to a fire place; cooking over a fire in the kitchen. It was pretty entertaining but the story was predictable. But over all the book bears on hemlock mountain is a good book!
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LibraryThing member Whisper1
How I wish I had the time and energy to devote to an intensive study of the changes and developments of the early Newbery books compared to those of the last ten years. It is amazing when I read some of the wonderful Newbery books written in the last few years, especially those written by
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Christopher Paul Curtis, Gary Schmidt, Jacqueline Woodson and Patricia Reilly Giff to name a few, and compare them to much earlier works.

Case in point is The Bears On Hemlock Mountain written by Alice Dalgliesh in 1952 wherein the tale is trite, cute and childish. Jonathan goes over the mountain to visit his Aunt and borrow a large kettle for his mother. Listening to tales that there were NO bears on the mountain, Jonathan is skeptical.

Returning home in the dark he discovers his fears were indeed founded. Rescued by his father and a band of men, Jonathan has a tale to tell when he returns home.

There is nothing in depth at all about this book. There is no coming of age story. There is no self discovery of transformative change. Jonathan sees a bear, is not attacked and goes home to eat cookies around the fireside. End of short story.
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LibraryThing member foggidawn
Jonathan's mother sends him over the mountain to borrow a stew pot from his aunt . . . but what if there are bears? This very short story has a similar feel to the Little House books. I think beginning readers just making the jump to chapter books would still enjoy it. Older readers will find it
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too simplistic.
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LibraryThing member bogreader
I was not comfortable with this book as a child. I couldn't figure out if there were or were not bears on the mountain and it confused me. I did like the resourcefulness of hiding under the big pot.




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