by Else Holmelund Minarik
Reading Level 2.4
|Setting:||Little Bear's Home|
|Characters:||Little Bear and his mother|
|Plot:||Little Bear and his mother have a lot of fun together, and Little Bear's imagination keeps them very busy.|
|Solution:||Wise Mother Bear lets Little Bear play out his games.|
|Summary:||There are four chapters in this book. The first chapter is [What Will Little Bear Wear?] Little Bear thinks he needs lots of warm clothes to play in the snow so Mother Bear bundles him up, but Little Bear finds out he already has a nice warm coat. In the second chapter, [Birthday Soup,] Little Bear thinks his mother is gone and that there will be no food for the guests, so he makes soup. But Mother Bear is just out getting the cake. Chapter Three is called [Little Bear Goes to the Moon]—at least he thinks he does, until it's time for lunch. The last chapter is [Little Bear's Wish.] His imagination is very busy, but Mother Bear knows he cannot have all the things he wishes for. When he wishes for stories, however, Mother Bear is very happy to tell him all about his very interesting day.|
Ask the students the following questions: How many of you have ever seen a bear? Where did you see the bear? How many have ever seen a mother bear and her baby? Do the babies stay close to their mothers? Why do you think that is?
Ask the students the following questions: What would a mother bear and her cub do together in real life? Do you think they have fun together? How would a mother and her cub have fun together?
Have the students think about times they have made up games and then picture themselves playing these games. Ask several students to tell about the picture in their minds.
Ask the students the following questions:
Is this book fiction or nonfiction? How do you know?
What would you do if you wanted a true or nonfiction book about bears?
What keyword would you type into the computer?
How would you know by looking at the call numbers if the book is nonfiction?
What do we call the system that numbers the book by subject?