The Bear That Heard Crying is one of Hannah’s favorite books. It’s a beautifully illustrated story (based on a true event) about a little girl in the late 1700s in New Hampshire who got lost in the woods and was protected by a bear. You can get it in paperback form from Amazon, but recently I was in Half Price Books and found a hardcover copy in excellent condition with the paper jacket still on and everything. I was so excited to find it that I went ahead and bought it, figuring Hannah and/or Jack could give it as a gift for a birthday party or something.
However, once I got home I began to have second thoughts. Is it OK to give used books as a present to some other child? We give used books to our kids as gifts, but maybe other families don’t like that sort of thing. Books are sort of difficult gifts anyway because you never know what a family already has.
So what do you think? Would you give a used book in good condition as a gift? What would you think if you or your child received one?