Monday, August 25, 2014

The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland

Nick Bland's The Very Cranky Bear is a hilarious story of the unlikely utility and splendor of even the most seemingly simple creatures.

On a cold rainy day, the fabulous moose, lion, and zebra, along with the plain old sheep, seek shelter in a cave. They soon discover the very cranky, mean, angry looking bear sleeping in the cave. Each animal decides that what the bear really needs is a mane, antlers, or stripes and then surely he will be happy.

However, once bear has a new makeover, he is no happier than the animals' initial arrival. That is until the plain, simple sheep shears herself and makes a fluffy pillow on which bear can rest his head.

The illustrations are big, and bold, and fun much like the characters in the book. Alliteration and rhyme make this an excellent choice for read-aloud book sharing and help reinforce the important early literacy skill of phonological awareness or the ability to hear the smaller sounds in words. Further, children can practice this skill with animal noises and the repeated "Roar Roar Roar" of the bear.

For more books with fantastic animals and their noises you might try Barn Sneeze by Karen Winnick or Moo! by David LaRochelle


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