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

Audrey Wood , Don Wood
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31 Oct 1984 0859531821 978-0859531825
First published in 1984, a picture book in which the Little Mouse will do all he can to save his strawberry from the Big, Hungry Bear, even if it means sharing it with the reader. The Little Mouse and the Big Hungry Bear are known and loved by millions of children around the world. Little Mouse loves strawberries, but so does the bear… How will Little Mouse stop the bear from eating his freshly picked, red, ripe strawberry.

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Child's Play (International) Ltd (31 Oct 1984)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0859531821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859531825
  • Product Dimensions: 27.3 x 25.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,008,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This story is about a mouse who is scared that the Big Hungry Bear is going to take his strawberry, so after attempting to hide it, the mouse cuts it in two and shares it with the reader. This is a popular story with children and they love the excitement of Big Hungry Bear, even though they never get to see him. The props included in the sack help to bring the story to life and make it more interactive. This story is a great starting point for discussions around feeling frightened, especially of things that may not be real and are just in their imaginations. (Practical Pre-School Magazine 20031201) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The Little Mouse has everything he needs in this Storysack to re-create this wonderful story. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect combination of words and pictures 6 May 2004
By Chrestomanci VINE VOICE
When the little mouse picks a red, ripe strawberry, he is suddenly panic-stricken, certain that a big hungry bear will smell it and come after him. The strawberry has to be hidden … but where?
When nothing works, the story ends by inviting the reader to help the little mouse hide the strawberry in one place it’ll never be found! Can you guess where?
Charming illustrations and a plot with a wonderfully witty twist … that shows how sharing something with someone else is always the nicest thing to do!
A perfect combination of words & pictures
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 18 Nov 2010
By Rox123
I bought this book to read to the Italian kids that I teach. I've used it with a 5 and 7 yr old and they both really enjoyed the book and constantly request to read it or have it read to them. Would definitely recommend it. Very simple storyline and well-illsutrated - will go down a treat!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm; strawberries... 13 May 2009
In print for over 25 years, this fun little interactive story leaves the reader to decide who should eat the mouth-watering fruit of the title. This version is also a robust and colourful board-book edition, making it perfect for children from 2 years upwards - their sticky fingerprints can be wiped off you see! Good competitive price on here too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 2 Dec 2011
By Ella
Wonderful book. My 5 year old son loves it - he got me to read it 3 times to him last night! Beautiful illustrations and just a great buy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab story 20 Nov 2009
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Format:Board book
The children in my class love this story with fab illustrations which keeps them talking for endless sessions about who the narrator is and how the mouse could disguise the strawberry

Fab, fab, fab xxx
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I am stunned that this book has received so many highly favourable reviews. Without exception this is the single worst childrens' book I have ever encountered.

The story itself (plot) is at best poor: a mouse finds a strawberry but the narrator warns of a hungry bear coming to eat it. The mouse is advised to eat the strawberry. The end.

Worse however is the narrative style. Unusually, the story is a monologue by the narrator, addressing the mouse. This is not necessarily a problem in itself; the lack of opportunity for the author to describe the scene or explore emotions are in this case dealt with through the intricate illustrations. The problem is that the author's protracted style requires the young listener to process unnecessarily complex subordinate clauses, as a single sentence is illustrated across several pages (rather than constructing each page to hold a self sufficient sentence). The only way to read it coherently is to whizz through the pages with no time to reflect on the illustrations. In most other kids stories it's possible to engage with illustrations and discuss what is happening in between pages. Try that technique with this book and the captions make no sense by the time you've turned the page to continue the story.

I cannot fathom which age range the author was targeting with this story. The plot is too facile for even the youngest readers, yet the unwieldy language structure is surely only appropriate for an older child (at best!).

I recommend "The Tiger Who Came To Tea" or "How To Hide A Lion" for good examples of how this should be done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed by all 10 July 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Such a lovely story...made me laugh. The children in my class loved it, they talked passionately about the character and wrote enthusiastically about the story..they are 4 and 5 years old. Decided to by a copy for my daughter too. Highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Storystack 5 Oct 2009
This is a great product. Ideal for younger children or children with special needs. It allows the child to participate with the story rather than just sit an listen. Great for children who lack interest in reading as it is much more hands on.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good book
Published 16 days ago by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My Granddaughters love books.
Published 22 days ago by Katy
4.0 out of 5 stars A good copy
A good copy, tired in places but expected for its age. Used for a family teaching session so was well enjoyed.
Published 1 month ago by luan squire
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for kids
Bought this for my grandson after we had loaned it from the library. Child friendly little tale, he loves it. Received in great condition
Published 7 months ago by R. Irish
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
Just love the looks this mouse gives, when asked a question. My granddaughter loves this book. Really goes well with Merry Christmas Big Hungry Bear
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. S. E. Gear
5.0 out of 5 stars best kiddies book
I bought this book for my daughter many years ago after hearing it at her nursery school and was delighted to see that I could still purchase it for my nephew. Read more
Published 7 months ago by p_d
1.0 out of 5 stars Not great
Problem was, I bought this thinking it would have a great storyline
(i judged a book by its cover)
But it was way too babyish for my son. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Geraldine McCartan
5.0 out of 5 stars attention grabbing illustrations
fun and interactive book as a "read to" with younger kids (2-6)."what do you think will happen next? " -concepts of size ,color etc.
Published 8 months ago by Meredith Bradley
4.0 out of 5 stars something different
I love how the reader is talking to the mouse, rather than reading about the mouse. It really engages childrens imaginations, bringing them in to the story. Read more
Published 9 months ago by R. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars My daughter loves this
This is a very adorable little read for my 2 year old who loves to hear about the little mouse and his strawberry. It's perfect sized to capture her attention for short spans.
Published 10 months ago by L. E. Mathew
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