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The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  25,963 ratings  ·  626 reviews
The Little Mouse and the Big Hungry Bear are known and loved by millions of children around the world. Little Mouse loves strawberries, but so does the bear... How will Little Mouse stop the bear from eating his freshly picked, red, ripe strawberry.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published February 1st 1987 by Child's Play International (first published June 1st 1984)
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This is a very cute little book. Vivid illustrations, simple but fun storyline. It is the only book that my nine-month-old and two-year-old both really love right now. My older child can recite the whole thing and my younger child finds the "BOOM BOOM BOOM" part to be hilarious. I think that they would both give it five stars!

Although I have enjoyed reading it, I would have to give it a lesser rating, and here's why. At an age when she is learning the nuances of seemingly everything and is absor
Okay. WHY is this book so gosh-darn-cute!? It is SO simple. But there is something undeniably charming about Wood & Wood--the story just zips along, goes SO perfectly with the illustrations--it is a great read-aloud as the narrator is always talking directly to the little mouse.
This is the first book I ever really loved and read it (or well, had my mom read it to me) over 100 times. I still know the words to this book by heart ("hello little mouse what are you doing?").
I personally really enjoyed reading this book because of the fun mysterious storyline. The narrator’s voice makes this book quite interesting and engaging. I really liked the illustrations in the book. I think that they would be really good to use with children in year one or reception where they would have to order the pictures. The pictures are really vivid and colourful. The only negative that I have about this book is the fact that there really isn’t a big hungry bear and I feel that childre ...more
Despite the fact that I KNOW I had a copy for my second graders, I've never read this book. And it is cute, cute, cute! A mouse finds a delicious red strawberry. The narrator warns the mouse that bears loooove strawberries and are sure to find it, no matter what you do. Finally, the mouse and the narrator share the strawberry and all's well that ends well.

A beautifully illustrated picture book. A wonderful bedtime book and a great choice for preschool students.
A solid level 1 reading book for children that all ages can enjoy. A cute story that had all three of my children engaged and wondering how it would end. The illustrations are beautiful, big, and colorful, which made it a particular enjoyment for me too. A good family read that I can see us reading again in the future.
This book is about a little mouse who will do anything to save his strawberry from the big hungry bear.The bear may hold all the cards but who is playing the foxes role?
I saw this book being read to the children in nursery and they love it. The illustrations are eye catching and fun, as it shows good imagery of the story being told. This book is also very engaging for young pupils, it makes good use of adjectives right from the beginning. It has a good use of questioning and builds up anticipati
Amber Clapper
I really enjoy this book it was one of my favorites as a child. I really like how the book is as if we are talking to the mouse and he responds to what we are saying. The pictures in here are great and go along perfectly with the story. The book also has some twisted story about sharing even though the author waited the entire book to suggest sharing the strawberry. I think students will really enjoy this book and think it is silly. It also has good conversation starters like asking what their f ...more
Hannah Wolf
This story is about a little mouse who finds a big red strawberry. One day he is just walking around the woods and finds this strawberry and picks it. The strawberry is bigger than him so he has to put it on his back to carry it. When he is walking all of a sudden he hears "give me that strawberry." Its the big hungry bear that wants it! The mouse does whatever he can to keep the bear from getting it. First he tries to bury it and then he tries to chain it up. But then he decides to just cut it ...more
Rachael Mack
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear is a story about a mouse who wants to keep his new found strawberry from the big hungry bear. The story’s narrator is in constant interaction with the mouse. As soon as the mouse stumbles upon the red ripe strawberry, the narrator jumps in and convinces the mouse that a big hungry bear is going to come for the strawberry. The narrator eventually seems to play a trick on the innocent little mouse.
This picture book has an extrem
Caitlin Labenz
The story of "The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear," is one of my favorite stories. This story begins with this little mouse that has picked the red ripe strawberry. The little mouse is afraid that the big hungry bear will take it from the little mouse so he tries to hid it. He hides it under the rug, behind a disguise, and locks it up with chains. He finally realizes hat the only way to get rid of the big hungry bear from finding it is to cut it in half, split it w ...more
This book is a great children's book to read to younger children. It is a playful story of a little mouse finding a red, ripe strawberry and trying to hide it from the big, hungry bear. The mouse tries to figure out how to hide it from the bear since it can smell it from a mile away, but in the end, the mouse realizes it can just share with the reader.
The illustrations in this text are never dull. The colors are all bright and the illustrations go from page to page. Another part of the illustra
This book is about a little mouse who finds a strawberry. He has a conversation with the narrator. The narrator explains to the mouse how to protect this new strawberry from a big, hungry bear. The mouse freaks out and tries to protect the strawberry in every way possible. He picks it, buries it, locks it up and disguises it. It isn't until the end of the book that the narrator gives the little mouse some advice that may actually help him. The idea behind this book was very interesting and made ...more
Disturbingly good, if I remember correctly. Kind of dark. With glossy, deeply-pigmented pictures. I have fond memories of reading and re-reading this, mostly for the sake of the pretty pretty pictures. (I think there was a kind of Stranger-Than-Fiction-esque narrator who the protagonist hears, and that part was also kind of amusing but also kind of frustrating because I so wanted the little mouse to be able to enjoy his bloodred berry in peace and that derned narrator kept messing things up...)
Sarah Erbes
a. author: Don and Audrey Wood illustrator: Don Wood
b. genre: Picture
c. publication date: 1984
d. annotation:
-The narrator begins by asking the mouse what he is doing and then warns him about the big bear that likes strawberries. He then critiques each of the attempts that the mouse makes to hide the strawberry, eventually explaining that eating it is the only way to protect it.

This book shows creative problem solving by the mouse in order to guard his strawberry. The detailed illustrations
Jaycie Shearer
Because of the bright red image of a strawberry, the book had the most alluring illustrations. The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear is a great book because of its detail and extravagant colors. The illustrations went beautifully along with the story line and the well-portrayed emotion from the mouse in the images. The illustrations are made interesting and easy to understand without having to read the text through the painted medium. It is very stimulating to younge ...more
Kelsey Abella
In this cute children’s book, the main character is a small mouse that finds a red, ripe strawberry that he wants to eat. Throughout the book, the narrator teases the mouse that the big hungry bear loves to eat strawberries. The narrator tells the mouse that the bear will find the strawberry no matter what he does or where he hides it. In a frantic, the mouse tries to hide it by putting dirt around it to make it look like a hill. He also tries to guard it by putting a chain and lock on it. He ev ...more
Jordan Gissing
In the picture book, The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear, the main character is a small mouse that finds a juicy, red, ripe strawberry that he wants to claim as his. Throughout the book, the narrator shares that the big hungry bear loves himself fresh strawberries just like the mouse. The mouse knows that no mater what, the bear will find a way to find his ripe strawberry. The mouse then tried to hide it putting dirt around it, putting a chain around the strawberry ...more
I received this book as a baby shower gift. It is a very cute, very insidious book. The pictures are hilarious, featuring a mouse doing ridiculous things because he is so afraid of the big bear that might come eat his strawberry. As others have said, the result of the very simple text is that the narrator has been making the mouse afraid all along in order to get half of the strawberry.

I know some people object to books like these (I'm also thinking of I Want My Hat Back) because they are so man
My daughter received this book for her birthday last week and absolutely loves it. The story is told as if the reader is talking directly to the mouse in the story. I also love that it's a book I don't mind reading over and over since that's often what my daughter wants.
I checked this out of the library right after reading Heather's review about it.

She was right, it was great. And it's a children's book that doesn't get old even after N x 14 readings. (If N > 1)
Louise Roberts
I remember this book from my early childhood, which says a lot for the book itself. I came across it in a lecture at university and couldn't believe it was still in print and the illustrations are as colourful and sumptuous as they always were.

The story revolves around a mouse and his unwillingness to share any of his wonderful ripe strawberry. the story would be ideal to read to a class because the illustrations are bold, colourful and humorous.
The stories themes are numerous. This could be u
Destiny Thompson
The illustrations are fun, bright, and colorful. The story is about a little mouse who picks a big red strawberry, however, the little mouse must be warned about the big and hungry bear who's absolute favorite snack is a big red strawberry. When given the news the little mouse is now in fear that the big hungry bear wants his strawberry, despite his fear he continues to pick the strawberry and so begins the journey of getting it home. The little mouse has to go through great efforts of hiding it ...more
Katie Tully
This is a cute short story. It is about a mouse who has found a big, red, ripe strawberry. He wants to take the strawberry home, and eat it for himself, but he knows that the Big Bear will want it too. The story is about what the mouse does to avoid the bear, and how he gets away with the strawberry.
The illustrations in this book are very well done. They take up almost the whole page. There are many vivid colors throughout the book, and there is always something to look at. Also, the illustrato
A favorite family friends would read aloud to my kids at their house ! Great illustrations toy with perspective and narrative point of view
To the library story time group of pre-school age children I asked, "Will you help me read this story by Don and Audrey Wood? It's about a little (pause for response as I point to the mouse), a red ripe (pause for response as I point to the strawberry), and (turn to back cover of book)--can you see its shadow?-- a big hungry (pause for response as I outline the shadow shape with my finger).

Then proceed to read the story as dramatically as it is written. Most pages include a question. These offer
Who can resist the amazing expressions that are captured on the mouse's face? Such a cute book to interact with young children!
Shannon Brown
This book is about a little mouse who will do anything to save his strawberry from the big hungry bear. I would read this book to children ages 1 and above. The illustrations are eye catching and fun, as it shows good imagery of the story being told. This book makes good use of adjectives right from the beginning. This book has a good leave way for questions and will keep the child engage and wanting to know whats next. This book will also teach a child how to take pride in something and do what ...more
McKenna Crimmins
This book was one of my all time favorites as a child. The writing was easy to read and the pictures were cute and fun to look at. The illustrations fully portrayed what the words were saying, but just gave you a better picture of what was going on. It was a great book that made me laugh and want to keep reading over and over again and I feel like that would be the case for many children who have experienced this book. It was a made up story that the narrator came up with to get half of the deli ...more
Aug 28, 2008 Valerie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Valerie by: Ian
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My children would give this book 10 stars if they could.
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