Sunday, March 13, 2011

The TTLG 2011 Picture Book Celebration - Book Seventy-Two

When my daughter was little, I must have read this book to her at least a thousand times. It is such a unique and funny story, and the main character is so appealing, that I am not at all surprised that she was so fond of it.

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry BearThe little mouse, the ripe strawberry, and the big hungry bear
Don and Audrey Wood
Illustrated by Don Wood
Picture Book
For infants to age 4
Child’s Play, 1984, 978-0859531825
   Little Mouse is very busy. He has a ladder and he is going into the garden. What is he up to? “Oh I see,” Mouse is going to pick a big ripe strawberry. What a wonderful treat that is going to be.
   But, this is a problem. Out there, somewhere, there is a big hungry bear who loves freshly picked ripe strawberries. In not time at all, he will “tromp through the forest on his big, hairy feet” and he will find that strawberry.  Mouse can hide the strawberry, lock it up, and disguise it, but the bear will know it is there. What should Mouse do?
   Children will love this deliciously funny story. The authors present their tale in a unique way, with an unseen narrator having a conversation with the mouse (though the mouse does not actually say anything). We think that the narrator is trying to be helpful, until we get to the end of the story, when we are able to see that the narrator has an ulterior motive. Bears are not the only ones who like ripe strawberries!

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