The title of this week’s book is a bit of a mouthful: The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear. We’ll call it the Big Hungry Bear for our purposes here. This is a book I read to my youngest brother almost every night for a year. He has Autism and LOVED the repetition. The other book he loved was Horton Hatches the Egg, which is about a million times longer, so I was always glad when he picked this one! Since it’s a short book, I had it memorized by week two and I catch myself thinking of the text whenever I see or hear something that makes me nostalgic.
In short, this is a story about a Little Mouse who finds a perfect red, ripe strawberry. The reader asks the mouse if he’s ever heard of the big hungry bear, then proceeds to tell him that bears love strawberries and that there’s only one way to save a strawberry from the “big, hungry bear”. The conclusion is sweet, in more than one way.
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Engaging the 5 senses while you read:
While you read this book, pull out some strawberries to touch, see, taste, and smell. You can even “hear” the sound of biting or the soft “pop” when you pull off the leaves.
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Tawni is a former special education teacher, now stay-at-home momma. She spends her days reading, cooking with lots of cheese, listening to professional choral music, and tickling her baby boy, Cy. She lives with her husband and son in Utah.