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The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, And The Big Hungry Bear

4.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  28,210 Ratings  ·  659 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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Feb 14, 2011 Jamie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 23, 2009 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 25, 2007 Marlena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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?").
May 11, 2012 Eileen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 09, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s, picture, 2012
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.
Apr 22, 2010 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Amaria Galom
Sep 16, 2015 Amaria Galom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it was a really good childrens book i read it when i was younger like so many time
Oct 01, 2014 Marissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Lucy Sands
I like this book, beautifully crafted illustrations relay the story well. I remember enjoying the book as a child, and now when reading to toddlers I see it is the fear factor of ‘The Big Hungry Bear’ that keeps them captivated - along with yelling out “strawberry” in all the right places of course! However reading through adult eyes it is evident the poor mouse is just being tricked by the reader! Good job the strawberry is so large the mouse would probably get belly ache if he ate the whole lo ...more
Jun 05, 2014 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-ya
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
Jun 06, 2012 Naz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Louise Roberts
Feb 13, 2015 Louise Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 16, 2009 Miriam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture
An unseen narrator terrifies a not-so-bright mouse with warnings of a huge, strawberry-craving bear until the mouse is tricked into sharing the fruit with the narrator.

I thought this was a little too mean -- the mouse is really terrified! He is running around in a panic with fear-sweat pouring off him. I guess we are supposed to laugh at what a sucker the little rodent is? I didn't have this one as a kid so I can't say if I would have thought it was funny then. Or maybe it is supposed to open a
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
Amber Clapper
Oct 05, 2011 Amber Clapper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 13, 2015 Lynda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kids liked it, but I am a little leery of the message it sends.
Nov 11, 2015 Brooke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The vivid and animated illustrations presented throughout this story has the aptitude to entice young readers to join in on the reading. Through the simple mysterious storyline of the tiny mouse working hard to keep the big hungry bear from eating the strawberry children eagerly want to know what will happen next and if the bear will find the mouse. This is a great text to introduce to children who are at the early stages of language and literacy development as they are able to interact with the ...more
Ashleigh Christensen
Reading this story of the little Mouse, his red ripe strawberry and the big hungry bear he fears is coming to take it from him, brought me immediately back to memories of reading this as a child. I loved reading about little Mouse and his struggle in trying to save his strawberry from the big hungry bear. The only dialogue present in this book comes from the anonymous narrator, but little Mouse tells us just enough with his expressive emotions shown in the beautiful illustrations. As little Mous ...more
Hannah Wolf
Nov 17, 2014 Hannah Wolf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 16, 2014 Rachael Mack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 09, 2014 Jourdan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 22, 2011 Tortla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chidderbooks, animals
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
Megan Marvel
Only thing better would have been if the narrator turned out to be a bear.
Emma Snyder
I absolutely LOVE this book! Although it is very short, it has an important lesson and pulls in the audience with its beautifully adorable illustrations. This book is easy to read to little kids and extremely fun to create sounds to which makes it easy to get the children involved.
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
Dec 10, 2015 Saidy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this books makes your thinking gear turn a little. it gets you thinking on how the bear and the mouse got to eat the strawberry. even thought he is smaller than the bear they managed to share regardless. sharing is caring regardless who and what you are.
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