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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  ·  23,289 ratings  ·  574 reviews
Little Mouse worries that the big hungry bear will take his freshly picked, ripe, red strawberry for himself and finds a very good way to keep it safe.
24 pages
Published (first published June 1st 1984)
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Jamie
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
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Kathryn
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.
Marlena
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?").
Eileen
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
Cheryl
A little different. The illustrations are retro, as the cover implies. The text was so brief I read the whole book while deciding whether to check it out or not. The ending, imo, wasn't as much of a surprise as it was probably meant to be. But the rhythm and the large font and the gentle humor mean it's likely to be a hit in preschool story-times.

ETA - just read Jamie's review, and she(?) makes a good point about 'fear and deception' so I say discuss that with your child, say how you think it's
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Laura
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.
midnightfaerie
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.
Naz
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
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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
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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
Marissa
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
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Jourdan
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
Tortla
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
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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
Victoria
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
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Heather
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.
Philip
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)
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
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Natalie
A favorite family friends would read aloud to my kids at their house ! Great illustrations toy with perspective and narrative point of view
Vivian
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
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Selina
Who can resist the amazing expressions that are captured on the mouse's face? Such a cute book to interact with young children!
Valerie
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.
Brittnee
This is one of my faves! Love it!
Elayna Gilbert
This story was so cute. It is about this little mouse that will do anything he can to save the big strawberry from the big hungry bear. The story is told through a mystery person and we never know who is actually talking. By the end of the book the little mouse shares his strawberry with bear by cutting it in half. I think this is a great book to read to my preschoolers and tie it into a sharing lesson plan. That you should always be caring and share with your friends.. even if it is your favori ...more
Lydia
Little Mouse and the Big Ripe Strawberry, written by Don Wood and Audrey Wood, is about a little mouse who picks a strawberry one day. The book is written as if there is another character within the story however the character is not shown within the illustrations. This character tells the mouse that the something is coming to eat the his strawberry and the mouse attempts to hid his strawberry. The mouse goes through number of emotions such as being scarred, worried, happy etc. In the end the m ...more
Drew Graham
There was a little mouse who chanced to find a red ripe strawberry, but his excitement to eat it is overshadowed by the threat of a big hungry bear. Will the little mouse be able to keep his delicious treat from being devoured by a strawberry-loving forest-tromping bear?!?

This is a most splendid children's book. The illustrations are perfectly charming and the story has humor, danger, impressive use of anticipation (the looming threat of the ever-unseen villain!) and a scrumptious resolution. Th
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Christy Dorrity



"Ohhh, how that Bear loves red, ripe strawberries!"



The little mouse will do anything to save his strawberry from the big, hungry bear. The bear holds all the cards, but who is playing the fox's role?


This is one of my top ten favorite picture books of all time. There are those who say that picture book authors have it easy. After all, they say, anyone can write a few lines for kids. Not so. This picture book is carefully thought out, its rhythm, tone and devices laboriously tweeked. Audrey and D
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