Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood and illustrated by Don Wood

I will admit right away that I am very much in love with this book. I have been, and always will be. Therefore, you can expect no bad remarks when it comes to this entry.
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood is a classic children's book. It is geared towards a young audience and can be interpreted two ways. The first way (for younger children) is that Little Mouse needs to hide his strawberry from the big, hungry bear and the only way that will work is to eat it and share it with friends. The second way (for older children) can be interpreted as the narrator trying to scare little mouse by saying a bear is going to steal his strawberry and that Little Mouse must share the strawberry with narrator and that is the only way to keep it away from the bear. Personally, I prefer the way younger children would typically interpret the book.
This book is one that is great for activating through story drama . In fact, last semester I did this for my final assessment geared towards a kindergarten class (acting out the book as a class to help solve Little Mouse's problem). It went over really well. For younger children, this book has a lot of appealing pictures and words that they can read themselves.
The illustrations in this book are very detailed, and it adds a lot of visual interest. For example, the house Little Mouse lives in has various items that would be found in a real home. Also, in one picture, Little Mouse is showing movement and it actually looks as though that is the case.
This book is fairly short and does not have a ton of text, which is often a good thing sometimes for younger children. The illustrations are creative and carefully considered, and it is a imaginative plot that allows readers to feel as though they are in Little Mouse's position. If there is anyone interested in doing a story drama lesson for this book, let me know and I can post the lesson I used on the blog.

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