The Biggest Bear

The Biggest Bear Johnny goes hunting for a bearskin to hang on his family s barn and returns with a small bundle of trouble

  • Title: The Biggest Bear
  • Author: Lynd Ward
  • ISBN: 9780395148068
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Johnny goes hunting for a bearskin to hang on his family s barn and returns with a small bundle of trouble.

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    1. Lynd Ward

      LYND WARD 1905 1985 illustrated than two hundred books for children and adults throughout his prolific career Winner of the Caldecott Medal for his watercolors in The Biggest Bear, Mr Ward was also famous for his wood engravings, which are featured in museum collections throughout the United States and abroad.


    1. The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward is a children's picture book about a boy named Johnny Orchard. Johnny embarks on a journey to find a bearskin for the family barn and comes home with an unexpected friend.The book is full of black and white, realistic illustrations. We loved the adventure and emotion. Follow along in this exciting and engaging story to see what Johnny will do with his new found joy as time changes everything.5*****

    2. The most depressing Caldecott winner I've come across so far, and an excellent illustration of how times change. Young Johnny sets out to shoot a bear, as it is embarrassing that his farm is the only one in town without a bearskin tacked up on the wall of the barn. He finds a baby bear and ends up making it a pet, but it turns out that bears don't make great pets (surprise?). He tries to turn it loose in the woods, but it keeps coming back home. So, sadly, he goes out to shoot it. But along the [...]

    3. This books is a Caldecott winner from 1952 - and it shows. Johnny Orchard is embarrassed that his family does not have a "bearskin nailed up to dry" on its barn, so Johnny is determined to find a bear, kill it, and skin it. Although the book doesn't say this - it's clear that's what needs to be done. Johnny does indeed find a bear but it's just a cute, little cub and Johnny and the bear become fast friends where Johnny feeds him maple sugar and carries him back home like an infant. As with most [...]

    4. I wanted to like this story, especially once the bear cub comes home and is a family pet of sorts. I was so upset by this book's ending. The bear grows large and becomes a nuisance so the only the solution is to shoot him? When shooting him is just too hard to do you trick him into a trap and send him off to the zoo? No way! Not a good story here. Illustrations are in black and white and appear in full pages that mirror text. They are fairly realistic and well done, but this story was not for me [...]

    5. The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward is the Caldecott Medal winning story from 1952 of Johnny Orchard, a boy living in a rural farm area who is embarrassed that his family has no bearskin tacked to their barn. He goes out to shot a bear, but instead finds a cub he brings home. The cub grows into a huge bear that is always hungry and gets into neighbors food supplies. After trying repeatedly to leave the bear in the wild. Johnny is told by his father to take the bear out and kill it. Instead, the bear d [...]

    6. I remember this book from when I was a kid and found a copy that I passed on to my niece. Reading it with her was a little bit of a mind warp though. This is a perfect example of a beautiful book that has not aged well. We live in a time when very few people live on farms. The larger urban centers typically don't go for huntingexcept in the locavore/Michael Pollan approach. So, Ward gives us perfectly crafted illustrations that bring us back to a different world, but we can't wrap our brains aro [...]

    7. 5* art3* storyNot politically correct, that's for sure. (This is a red alarm book for any parent who doesn't want their kid to play with toy guns.) A young boy goes out to shoot a bear! I wondered what Squirt would think of that, and he didn't blink an eye, nor did he ask to go out bear hunting. So I don't know. Is it a bad book? It wasn't the best written story, I can say that, and Squirt wasn't that interested. The illustrations, however - fabulous.

    8. So hard to rate. The illustrations are five stars. The story made me sad and uncomfortable. I would not read this to most children today--especially not animal-lovers or other sensitive readers.Review below contains SPOILERS:I'm really not sure what to make of The Biggest Bear. Like many of these early Caldecotts, it is a product of its time, and while today the idea of boys going around in the woods with guns hunting bears is probably uncomfortable, if not repugnant, to many of us I realize tha [...]

    9. Set in Canada in the early 20th century, this story is about a bear problem. Specifically, young Johnny Orchard's bear problem. I won't give away the plot, but I will gush over the illustrations. Lynd Ward won the Caldecott Medal for The Biggest Bear in 1953. His illustrations are completely realistic yet unique. Each animal on every page shows a distinct but unostentatious emotion that makes me laugh out loud but still leaves the animals' faces looking lifelike. The same can be said for the hum [...]

    10. Very, very slowly I am working my way through all the Caldecott winners. Some are stunners. Some I can tell were stunners when they first appeared. And some? Some do not work well at any level anymore.Here's the plot in a nutshell. A kid is angry because everyone else in the neighborhood has a big bear skin drying on their barn, and he thinks this makes his father look like a wimp. He goes off to shoot a bear in the woods (age of child alone in bear-infested woods while carrying a shotgun, rough [...]

    11. Ward won the Caldecott for the detailed, sepia-toned, drawings that accompany this story.Johnny Orchard lives on a farm at the far end of the valley, near a big woods. Whenever he walks down the road he notices that other barns have bear skins drying on their walls; he’s embarrassed that his family’s barn doesn’t have a bear skin. So he heads into the woods one day, with his rifle, determined to get the biggest bear. What he finds, though is an orphaned bear cub, which he befriends with a [...]

    12. In my honest opinion, I do not visualize this book as a children’s book. I mean, the boy first handles a shotgun alone in the woods. Then he takes a wild animal as a pet, not on the farm, but inside the house. Next he sets out to abandon his pet, and when said pet keeps finding his way home, sets out to kill it. Lastly, the animal is sent to the zoo, where animals never live as they should in their own habitats. So for me this is not really the best book to read to a child.This book could make [...]

    13. The cover art on this shiny new copy of an "old" Caldecott winner reminded me of Robert McCloskey's illustrations (which I love more than his stories), so I checked it out. I love the old fashioned feel, the big furry bear, the humor in the illustrations, and the ending. And I think maybe Lynd Ward and Robert McCloskey are the same person. ;) I'm kind of amazed at the number of reviewers here who are extremely critical of the story because of the hunting and killing of animals that is integral t [...]

    14. ugly bookttle johnny is jealous that all the other kids daddys have killed a bear. not johnny's, he daddy is a wimp, a milktoast, not a real man. one day johnny is in the forest and finds a bear cub, feeds it and takes it home. daddy (probably a vegan and belongs to peta) lets johnny keep and raise it. the baby bear grows up, steals food, raids the other farms and is generally uncivilized. so all the other daddys get together and tell johnny he needs to take the bear into the woods and blow its [...]

    15. Dark. And I don't mean Pokémon dark like, "You have no father, go out into the world and force animals to fight each other to settle conflicts. Don't make eye contact, or you'll get into a fight." I mean like Old Yeller dark. (view spoiler)[The friendly biggest bear is one deus ex machina away from bleeding out from a gunshot wound inflicted by his best friend in the whole wide world at one point. Damn. That's even more upsetting than the kid wandering the world by himself with a gun. Different [...]

    16. Mixed emotions reading this - as an adult. Interested to see what the kids make of it. Do you shoot the bear? befriend the bear? capture it? put it in a small cage in the zoo? Nothing to do with what the bear wants - he just wants to be where the food is. It would certainly be edited differently now in 2010 to 1952 - but there's something about the compact language and sepia illustrations that are appealing still today.

    17. This book upset my personal sensibilities so my rating is highly subjective. Perhaps had I not grown up how I did, I'd feel differently, appreciating the illustrations enough to give it at least one more star. As it is, I cannot. For more: satia/2010/12/fiv

    18. Johnny has no idea what he is getting himself into when he brings a bear cub home. The bear eats his way through the neighbors' crops and storehouses and refuses to stay in the woods when Johnny tries to set him free. Lynd Ward finds a practical solution for the bear and Johnny, but I didn't care much for the ending. Caldecott winner.

    19. This book turned into quite a thought provoking book to the children I read (work with), which I was pleased about. It kept them engaged, the illustrations are good and isn't a run-of-the-mill feel good book, where everyone skips away in the sunset happyGot us all discussing what we would do differently, so for that reason it's worth a read, I feel.

    20. This book is about kindness, compassion, and responsibility, and how the three intersect in sometimes complicated ways. This book would probably not have been written today.

    21. The poor bear. What an awful ending! Caldecott Medal Book, 1953Favorite illustration: page 19Favorite line: Nothing stands out

    22. The Biggest Bear was not what I was expecting. It boasts the Caldecott emblem and I chose to read this as an example of a strong plot picture book.In 1952, Johnny Orchard lived in a rural farm area and was oddly embarrassed that his family didn't have bear skin to hand over their barn. He takes off to find a bear to shoot. He finds a cub instead and brings it home to raise it into a big bear. The bear kind of becomes a problem because the bear keeps getting into the neighbors food. Johnny repeat [...]

    23. This was a fun book to read and it is also a Caldecott medal winner for the year 1953. This is the story about a little boy named Johnny who wanted to be like everyone else and hunt bears so he could have the bear pelt hanging at his house. He went hunting and befriended a baby bear cub. He brought it home and made it his pet. Soon, it started to grow and his neighbors started to complain because it was eating their crops. He decided it was time to let the bear go free and tried multiple times t [...]

    24. The Biggest Bear, by Lynd Ward has minimal color in it’s illustrations, but they are full of many different elements and detail. The tale follows Johnny, a young boy who wants to have a bearskin for his father so they could be like everyone else in the town. Johnny goes out on a mission to shot a bear but befriends a young bear and brings it home. The bear begins to eat the food in the town and cause a ruckus. Johnny’s father tells Johnny that he needs to bring the bear back into the woods s [...]

    25. The Biggest bear is a fun story about Johnny and his hunt to get a bearskin for his family’s wall. However the bearskin he brings back is still connected to the live bear cub he found and brought back home with him. I loved the incredibly detailed illustrations in this book, they filled one whole page with the writing on the other side I liked this layout for this book. I thought it was extremely successful because it allowed the reader to read the words and then “read” the illustration an [...]

    26. Lynd Ward describes how a little boy named Johnny finds a little bear cub in the forest one day that quickly takes a liking to Johnny. The bear follows Johnny to the valley where he lives and eats anything and everything the town has to offer. The towns people begin to dislike the bear as he is also growing rapidly and is becoming huge. Johnny tries to take the bear back to the forest multiple times but the bear continues to appear back home with the Johnny until people from the zoo capture the [...]

    27. The pictures in the book didn’t have any color, but they were all very detailed. The details of the pictures made up for the lack of color. In the beginning Johnny was embarrassed that his barn didn’t have a bear pelt hanging on the barn. Jonny decided to go to the woods to kill a bear, but instead brought back a bear cub. Johnny raised the bear on the farm, but it didn’t last very long because the bear would constantly get into trouble. Johnny’s dad said that he had to bring the bear ba [...]

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