The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear (Child's Play Library)

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A giant lap book in which the reader plays the key role. The task is to save a strawberry from the big hungry bear.

Customer Reviews:

    This is one of my very favorite kids' books. There is no
    particular moral, the story line is minimal, there is no bear!
    But there is a little mouse with one of the most expressive
    faces in all of kids' picture books, a huge strawberry, and a
    very happy and satisfying ending.

    Don and Audrey Wood are an extremely talented couple, both when
    they work on separate projects and especially when they work
    together....more info

  • A classic
    I remeber this book from when I was a child. I just rediscovered it here on Amazon and boy did the memories come flooding back of my mother reading it too me over and over again each night before I went to bed.

    This is simply a classic book with wonderful illustrations and great narration that teaches a very valuable lesson about sharing. Not to mention the page where he disguises the strawberry with glasses and a nose still makes me laugh to this day....more info
  • Wonderful Childrens story
    I found this book thru a toy party many years ago. I bought it for my son and daughter and it was THE favorite book to read before bed. We still talk about the book when we recall fond childhood memories. Now I am a grandmother and I am buying the book again for my granddaughter. I can't wait to read it to her and create even more wonderful memories!!...more info
  • Great for toddlers!
    I bought this book for my 1 year old nephew because I know he will like it in a year if he doesn't already! I used to work at a daycare with 2 and 3 year olds. This was a book they were always ready to sit down and listen to (if you have ever tried to get a group of children that age to sit down and pay attention, you will know it isn't easy!)....more info
  • One of the best ever
    I'm not sure what it is about this book that makes children obsess over it, but they LOVE it. My preschoolers ask me to read it over and over and over for weeks at a time. One of my 3 year olds has it memorized! I have yet to find a child that hasn't fallen in love with this book....more info
  • A very sweet and fun tale.
    My son wants to read this story every night and I love reading it to him. ...more info
  • Who is the big hungry bear?
    "Hello, little mouse. What are you doing?"

    This is a cheeky story. It is beautifully illustrated, and although it does not have a lot of words, it is very engaging and funny.

    Read it with your child and explore concepts such as sharing, whole and halves, and playing tricks....more info
  • Best book for kids
    This was my daughter's favorite book from the time she was old enough to pick out her own at bedtime. It got to the point where I had it memorized and when she would fuss in the car I would start reciting the words and she would calm right down and start talking along right up to the BOOM BOOM BOOM!, which is our favorite part! Now she is 6 and enjoys reading it to her new baby brother. We have 2 copies to alternate them and to keep in decent shape. ...more info
  • All Preschoolers love this book!
    I found this book at the library when searching for books for my preschool class. I had never read it before, but I love Don and Audrey Wood and I thought the children would enjoy the charming illustrations and the simple text in this book. Boy was I right! This book quickly became the favorite of the entire class. When choosing books for naptime, the children would inevitably argue over who would have this book on his or her cot so I began to read it to ALL of them before they went to sleep. Pretty soon they had memorized the text and would say it out loud with me. When it was time to take it back to the library we had a going away party, complete with mouse ears and, of course, red, ripe strawberries!

    When I was transferred to another preschool with children from at-risk backgrounds, they too loved this book! Many of these children who already had very tough exteriors at ages 3 and 4 would simply melt for this book! My reciting the text of this story helped one little boy with multiple health conditions to remain calm during some pretty scary times.

    Now, I've bought the book for Christmas for my nephew who just turned three. My sister just e-mailed me to tell me he absolutely loves it! He loves to say "Boom Boom Boom! Big hungry bear's coming!" This book is tried and true and will please ANY preschooler, and even older and younger children. ...more info
  • Great book but order right size!
    Great book for preschool ages, just make sure you order the right size. I thought I was ordering a regular book, but this one (for around $27) is GIANT. It's like 2 1/2 feet by 2 1/2 feet. I didn't see that clearly listed in the description; I just typed in a search for this title and this was the first one to come up so I ordered it. I later found a regular size is also available through Amazon I think it was listed for around $10. ...more info
  • Wonderful!!
    This oversized book has the most vibrant illustrations!!! The story was a favorite of my daughter when she was little ... now it will be a favorite for her daughter....more info
    This is both mine and my sons favorite book. It is very well written, and if read to do so, has many verbal "sound effects" in it. I don't even have to look at the words anymore because my son has been asking for this book for the past year. (He is 20 months.) He now joins in on making the sound effects with me! I would have to say this is a MUST HAVE for any childs book collection! ...more info
  • Good book for young children
    Wonderful, vibrant pictures in this book. Good book to read to an under 4 year old, and good 1st reading book for a 5-8 year old....more info
  • Awesome Book!
    The Little mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear is a cute story that little children will love. It's about a mouse who finds a strawberry and wants to hide it from the Big Hungry Bear. The mouse makes many humorous attempts to save his strawberry. Finally the narrator comes up with a solution and offers to eat half the strawberry. I liked this book and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a picture book. This story is cute, funny, and cleverly thought up. I like how the narrator is telling the mouse about the big hungry bear until he scares him into sharing half of his precious strawberry. I also enjoyed this book because it teaches kids to share. In the story the mouse shared his strawberry and he ended up in a better position than before he shared. His book teaches kids not to be greedy and to share. If the mouse was greedy and wouldn't share the strawberry, then the Big Hungry Bear would have gotten it. The lessons and the humor in this book make it irresistible. ...more info
  • the best childrens book!
    My grandchildren LOVE this story. The pictures are so sweet and beautiful. I highly recomment it!...more info
  • Love! Love!! Love!!! this book!!!
    Though the story is simple, this book is great! Even very young kids will "get" the humor! This story is unique in that you as the reader are drawn into the story! You are actually talking to the little mouse on the page! As his big eyes are looking back at you, you help him save that red ripe strawberry from the big, hungry bear! This is another story that we have read over and over and over...again!...more info
  • The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
    I work with 16 two year olds in my classroom every day and the only time they are all quiet is when I am reading this book- we all love it! The story is cute, the illustrations are great, and children love it. This book is a must have in any classroom or household!...more info
  • Our favorite book!
    This is one of my families absolute favorite books. As a Speech Therapist and Early Childhood educator, I highly recommend this book for preschoolers. The pictures are detailed and the concepts of prediction and suspense are cleverly written in this tale--a must have!...more info
  • we keep coming back
    We keep coming back to this book again and again. I'm glad I bought it as the library, I'm sure, can't possibly keep this one on the shelves. The idea of the child acting as narrator is immensely appealing, a nice amount of tension builds, and the resolution is highly satisfactory. This would even be a nice book for older children to introduce the concept of fractions. I promise your copy will be worn to shreds. Get the hardcover edition....more info
  • The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
    My children love this story, it is one of their favorite....more info
  • We love this book
    This is such a cute, cleaver book. My toddler and I love it!...more info
  • Very enjoyable book to read with your toddler!
    Higly recommend to read with your toddler-absolutely wonderful illustrations! What a cute story!!!!!...more info
  • I LOVE This Book!
    I have loved this book, The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The BIG HUNGRY BEAR,ever since the first time it was read to me when I was a young child. This is such a marvelous story where the little mouse has to find a way to keep the BIG HUNGRY BEAR from eating his red, ripe strawberry. The BIG HUNGRY BEAR can smell red, ripe strawberries from miles away. I think that this book should be read by every young person interested in reading. *This is one of the best children's books I have ever read!*...more info
  • Great book!
    This is a beautifully drawn book ... cute story and great pictures! This is a book that kids of many ages will enjoy. ...more info
  • Memorable and fun
    Beautiful Pictures and did not mind reading this story Over and Over and Over and Over again with 3 children....more info
  • The Big Hungry Bear
    "The Big Hungry Bear" is about a little mouse who wants to pick a strawberry. He is being told that the big hungry bear loves red, ripe strawberries. The bear can smell if for miles away, especially just picked ones. So the mouse tries to bury it in the ground, but that doesn't work. So then he trys to lock it up, but that doesn't work either. He then tried to disguise the strawberry, but that didn't work either. So finally he does the last thing possible, the mouse cuts the strawberry in half and gives half to the narrator and the mouse eats the other half. That was the only way the mouse could keep the strawberry away from the big, hungry bear. This book teaches you to never give up and don't let people enjoy something that you did. Such as a strawberry that you picked all by yourself. The age level for this book is for children 3-7 years old. It was a very good book. This was one of my favorite books when I was younger. I recommend it to many children....more info
  • I love this book
    I saw it at the Library a few weeks ago and just loved the way the narrator talks to the little mouse. The illustrations are also enchanting.
    If you have kids, this is a MUST HAVE. Take it from someone who doesn't have children - but is still buying one, just for the beauty of it!...more info
  • What a FIND!!!!
    This is proof positive that the classics can be the way to go with children's books! What a delightful book! It is fun and engaging. My 3-year-old son has memorized it so he "reads" it to us! I highly recommend this AND Alphabet Mystery!...more info
  • Fun favorite
    My two year old loves this story. I love the illustrations and the simplicity that fits a toddler....more info
  • The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry,And The Big Hungery Bear
    We loved the story and the illustrations. We had it for years and read it to our grandchildren, who enjoyed it very much.
    Perfect for ages two to six.
    We ordered it for my sisters grandchildren{our grandneice and grandnephew} We want them to experience the story also. ...more info
  • Second Generation to Enjoy This Book
    The Big Hungry Bear was a favorite of my grandchildren and I took great delight in reading it to them while they cuddled on my lap. They are grown now and I have a great grandchild on the way and bought the book as a gift for my grand daughter to read it to her new niece. It was the book I had my grandson (the father of the new baby) read to me when he first learned how to read. I'm sure the "greats' will enjoy this book as well as the Christmas Big Hungry Bear book too....more info
  • Written from a fun perspective
    This book is so well-written. It takes a perspective you don't often see in children's books - when you read the book out loud, you are actually interacting with the mouse in the story. You are talking to him and, on each page, he is reacting to you. In this way, the reader becomes a character in the story, although an unseen one. I love the way this perspective draws the reader into the story. Wonderful!...more info
  • A Favorite at our house
    My 2 year old daughter LOVES this book. We picked it up a few months ago, and read it all the time. She laughs every time we get to the part about the bear sniffing the strawberry, and we tell her the mouse is sharing the strawberry with her and she will pretend to eat it all up with him. A fabulous book for toddlers on up, short phrases on each page to hold their attention span just long enough so you can get the page read before they want to turn it. Highly recommend....more info
  • A Must Have!
    My three-year-old son and I have really enjoyed reading this book together. The writing style (the entire book is you talking to the mouse about the bear and strawberry) is charming and the illustrations are just as attractive. The story line is fun and keeps a younger child's interest. Its simplicity has made it one of the books my son has memorized and "reads to me". This is a lovely book for any collection....more info
  • Pleasantly surpised
    The artwork and story in this book are woven together brilliantly. My two-year-old daughter loved it. So did her six-year-old cousin. Highly recommend it. Very cute. Sort of teaches sharing as well....more info
  • A really easy read for young children
    I purchased this book for my 5 year old because she loves strawberries. She loved the book so much she memorized it in about a day and later read it to her kindergarten class. It is a really cute book....more info
  • great book
    This is an excellent book. I highly recommend it, the big child's play especially. Children love the great pictures, word effects like sniff sniff sniff and the great quality. This would make a perfect gift to any child. I give it five stars!!!...more info
  • So far , LOVE all Wood/Wood books!
    This is a short but very clever story! On the back of my hardcover copy it states..."The little mouse will do anything to save his strawberry from the big, hungry bear. The bear holds all the cards, but who is playing the fox's role?" There isn't any mention of a fox in this story, but you as the reader talk this little mouse into sharing his strawberry with you, so that the big hungry bear doesn't get it! That makes us the fox, and my child thinks THAT is really funny! Also funny is the mouse trying to hide the strawberry in dirt with a mouse sized shovel, namely a spoon! He guards the strawberry with chains and tacks. He disguises it with glasses, a large nose and a mustache and then sits it down to join him for tea! However you being the clever fox you are, talk him into cutting it in half and sharing it with you. He happily eats his half by candlelight using the top of the strawberry as a garnish! The details in the illustrations are beautiful as Don Wood strikes another home run. I love that Audrey Wood keeps the story simple, so that I am not droning on and on. My 20 month old does better with shorter reads!...more info
  • The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear
    This has been the most wonderful book to read aloud to my friends kids and now to my own daughter. It is fun to read and has relatively few words per page with detailed illistrations which keep the kids attention. I have really enjoyed all the books by Audrey Wood and illistrations by Don Wood. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone with kids from 2 to 8....more info
  • Where, or where, is the big hungry bear?
    This adorable book has been a favorite of my son (now 14 months) for about 3 months now. I also enjoy the clever book, with its beautiful illustrations, and cute story about a mouse who is convinced to share a luscious strawberry...even though the big, hungry bear never appears! Bound to be a favorite in your household. My son just loves turning the pages. ...more info
  • Must have!!!
    This book is excellent and is currently our 18 month old son's favorite! The text is captivating and the illustrations are wonderful. He seems to know it by heart b/c he says some of the words on each page. When I try to read, "Give half to me," he starts hitting his chest and saying his name- so I change the words a bit. He LOVES this book!...more info
  • A Must Read
    To anyone about to order this book: If you can get the hardback edition, just go for it. This is a story that children, toddlers especially, will want to read over and over again.

    And to anyone who stumbled upon this title: It REALLY is as good as the reviews make it out to be. The illustrations have a remarkable way of pulling the reader into the world of the mouse. They are bold and vivid. The story is suspenseful and teaches a valuable lesson about sharing.
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  • Great at any age!
    If you are 5 you'll love this book. I'm one and a half, and I love reading this on my own. Mommy always puts it on the bottom shelf for me to read it. The bear is great. I like strawberries....more info
  • Beautiful and fun
    Loved this. The artwork is stunning and the story is very sweet. ...more info
  • I love this book... wonderful for kids
    I just love this book. The little mouse's expressions are just wonderful. It captivates my daughter's attention every time. She is 4 1/2 and fell in love with this book when she was not quite 2. I walked into her daycare and she ran up to me with it and insisted I read it right then. We read it weekly, even though she has (literally) hundreds of books. I would recommend it for everyone....more info
  • Get's kids giggling every time we read it.
    Kids love the story and pictures of this book. This story is about a mouse who is tricked want to hide a strawberry from the big hunger bear. It is a very cute story. We also LOVE the next book Merry Christmas: Big Hungry Bear! by Audrey Wood...more info
  • Wonderful illustration
    This book is great. I had it for my kids now I am buying it for my grandkids....more info


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