Sunday, July 10, 2011

Children's Book Review: The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, And The Big Hungry Bear

Name of Book: The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, And The Big Hungry Bear
Author / Illustrator: Written by Don and Audrey Wood and Illustrated by Don Wood
What It's All About: A little mouse finds a strawberry.  The narrator warns the little mouse that there's a big hungry bear out there who will fill find the strawberry no matter where the mouse hides it or how the mouse guards it.  The only way to be really sure about keeping a strawberry safe is to cut it in half and share it with me (the narrator).
My Favorite Bit: I think I like the simplicity of the wording in this story and the bright vibrant colors of the pictures.  They are large and colorful and really cute.  We love the page especially where the mouse tries to disguise the strawberry.
Go Get It: The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, And The Big Hungry Bear paperback at Amazon
Suitable Age For Reading It To: This is a nice bedtime story as it is simple, short, and the wording is easy.  My littlest loves this best though my son sneaks in for a listen, so I'd say it's for anyone but little ones will probably love it best.
A Little About The Author / Illustrator:
Audrey Wood started out life in Florida in the winter quarters of the Ringling Brothers' Circus where Audrey's father was making extra income by repainting circus murals.  Her family relocated to Mexico and she speaks Spanish.  Her family's love of books and art (she is a fourth generation illustrator) made it easy for her to decide to become a children's book writer and illustrator.

Don Wood was born and raised in the Central Valley of California on a farm.  By the time he was twelve he knew he wanted to be an artist though his father was worried about his choice.  He drew in the winters when farm duties were not so pressing.  He met Audrey at Berkeley while studying and married her six months later.  When she began to write children's books, Don began to illustrate them and they've been doing it ever since.

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