I found The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear a year or so ago when meandering through the bookshelves of my local thrift store. I remember that day being a particularly good book haul day, as I also found numerous classics by some of my favorite authors. Of the books found, however, The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear has consistently remained a feature of my therapy sessions.

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear reads like a conversation between the reader and the mouse in the story. Rather than the narrator of the story explicitly describing a scene or the character in the story serving as narrator, the words on the page serve as one half of a conversation with the illustrations providing the mouse’s half. Because of this structure, The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear provides a unique opportunity for children to observe and analyze character response. The illustrations do a fantastic job conveying the emotional and physical response the mouse has to the words of the reader. Cause and effect is descriptive and evident. Opportunities for inferencing and making connections abound.

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear is a book my students have always enjoyed reading and discussing. They get such a kick out of watching the mouse try to protect his strawberry! It provides so many opportunities to target emotions and actions that it’s a wonderful addition to your bookshelf.


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