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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Sniffles for Bear

First and second graders are listening to Bonny Becker's fourth tale about the sometimes stern Bear and the always eager Mouse. We have enjoyed talking about the spicy words she uses, transforming the text from expected to extra special. Words like bellowed, bustled, and decency warranted excellent conversation tidbits. Their favorite part, however, is when tiny Mouse assists enormous Bear in climbing the stairs to bed. The story is a wonderful model of voice, and the set of books demonstrates how characters evolve over incidents and experiences. Given how many children have been sick over the past weeks, they can all relate to how Bear and Mouse are feeling, too.


  1. How I love these Bear & Mouse books! The one I used to read in story times was A Visitor for Bear. How lovely to analyze the book this way with your young elementary students.
    Do you know the French series, Ernest & Celestine? (he being a bear, she, a mouse...) I've never read them to children, but they've been personal favorites of mine for some time now...

    1. I love A VISITOR FOR BEAR, too. Bonny Becker was at our St. Paul bookstore last year, and she is a kind and delightful woman. I have seen ERNEST AND CELESTINE, but I also have not read them to children. I will read one, given your love of them.

  2. oh, i'd love a bowl,full of spicy words on a snowy, winter day.