on 2 January 2008
which finds this particular bear on a mission to find a solution for his unusual problem!
Paperback format, 26 pages in the popular double page spread format, with superb pastel illustrations throughout, from Judith Blake.
'...."Do you mind!" cried a mole, appearing from a small mound of soil nearby.
"I'm trying to do some serious digging down here.
Go and scratch somewhere else!"
"Oh dear," thought Bear.'
Repetitive theme throughout, to the Bear's thoughts and further good use of vocabulary replacing the word, 'said' with
e.g. shrieked, yelled, demanded & asked.
Having recently seen this book acted out by local Montessori school children, it certainly provided great entertainment with infectious laughter spreading and just a teeny bit of a hint of stress from the teachers!
The star was the young lady narrator who finally managed to conquer the challenging word, 'cautiously', then amazed us all by spelling it out loud!
on 20 February 2011
You really feel for poor Itchy Bear in this story - he is woken up from a lovely sleep by itching and desperately searches for somewhere to scratch. But every time he finds the perfect spot, he upsets another creature. 'Oh dear', 'Oh dear, oh dear'...what is he to do? Finally, he seems to have found the perfect spot...but has he? Judith Blake's bright illustrations convey the story beautifully. Hidden in the pictures are lots of little creatures - see how many your child can spot as you share this story, and increase your child's vocabulary and understanding of location - behind. on, under... This story also comes with a DVD to further extend enjoyment.
on 31 May 2005
Used this book with a group of special needs students as story for term.They quickly recognised the characters,recognised the repeated phrases and were able to create their own version of the story using pictures and symbols.We created our own story box and the students chose which items went in the box.Am now using another Neil Griffiths book as text for the term.
on 13 February 2010
The Itchy Bear book is creative,imaginative and entertaining.
My class of 3 and 4 years olds love acting out and singing along.
The book allows young people to excercise and express themselves in a way which is fun, it allows them to laugh, stretch,dance and play together and create a scene. A lovely little piece of Theatre for the young person.
The illustration is superb and as a whole the book is highly recommended.