Free Fridays: The Very Cranky Bear

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This week in Nashville, the weather has been atrocious. Snow storms, ice storms, freezing temperatures, you name it. Today, I decided to finally venture out and trek to the book store. On my way here, I managed to almost fall three times on the ice, which  put me in not the best mood. When I got to Barnes and Noble, I spotted The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland and decided to read and review this story because I, like the bear, was very cranky.

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Reading this story definitely cheered me up. Nick Bland tells the story of four friends, a moose, a lion, a zebra, and a sheep, who on a cold and rainy day – oh the irony – meet a very cranky bear.  To cheer the cranky bear up, moose gives him antlers, lion gives him a mane, and zebra gives him stripes. 

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What can the animals do to cheer up the very cranky bear? The bear exclaims that all he really wants is to sleep, so sheep decides to make him a pillow out of his wool. The story is told in a rhyming way making it a really good read aloud, and teaches the moral of sharing with others. The illustrations are really expressive and detailed, which draws the reader or listener in. I would definitely recommend reading this book aloud in a classroom, and then doing an activity! CIMG2555_thumb4

In the classroom, you can also introduce The Very Cranky Bear app to the students or read another one of Nick Bland’s bear stories: The Very Hungry Bear and The Very Itchy Bear.

This story helped me not be cranky on this cold, wintery day.

Julia Fleming

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