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Hugless Douglas

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Melling has created a really loveable character in Douglas. His illustrations personify the bear, who is depicted wearing pajamas at the beginning of the story and a woolly scarf throughout. He has a huge shiny nose and a face that shows expression and feeling perfectly, as do the other characters in the book. Douglas comes across as loveable and vulnerable and will leave all readers wanting to give him a hug.

Douglas tries to hug something big / tall / comfy things. Can you think of other words that mean the same as these?

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Hugless Douglas, by David Melling, is a sweet story about a bear who wakes up one morning in need of a hug, so he goes out in search of one. Hugless Douglas is a simple, enjoyable story about the bond between a child and a loved one. It could be used in PSHE to highlight the importance of developing relationships, and in understanding the importance of showing compassion to others.

Look at the use of punctuation within the story. Where have speech marks and exclamation marks been used?

Make a poster which shows all the different types of emotions that people can feel. Can you draw a picture of people’s facial expressions / body language when they are feeling each type of emotion? He knows that the best hugs are tall, wide, cosy and soft and he gets into some amusing situations hugging things that don’t quite match up to the one he’s searching for. The story ends with Douglas finding what he has been searching for all along, a huge bear hug from his mum!

Search through the story and try to find any words that you are unfamiliar with. Can you find out what they mean?The story takes place on a spring morning. What do bears do at other times of the year? What can you find out about hibernation? Some of the Douglas’ speech is written in capital letters. Why has the author chosen to do this? Do you know the differences between upper and lower case letters?

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