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

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  38,174 ratings  ·  971 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.
Board Book, 32 pages
Published May 1st 1998 by Child's Play International (first published June 1st 1984)
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Rick We never got the idea that the narrator was a fox but, who ever it is, he/she is indeed trying to convince the mouse to share his strawberry; that's p…moreWe never got the idea that the narrator was a fox but, who ever it is, he/she is indeed trying to convince the mouse to share his strawberry; that's part of the fun.(less)
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Whitney Atkinson
This was my favorite picture book as a kid that my grandma used to read to me every time I went to visit her in California, and after years of asking for it, my grandma let me keep the book. I reread it and basked in its glory, reliving how much I loved hearing my grandma read it to me. It's cute and sweet and iuhsfjlkrjfhudijiosd childhood, dudes. i miss it. ...more
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Superbly Cute ★'s

I loved this book so much, it was definitely one of my most favorites as a child :) I wanted it read to me over and over again. Being an adult now, I love that I can read all my favorites to my little niece and still appreciate them just as much as I did back then. I just loved the little Mouse so much! There is something so undeniably charming about it. It's a great read-aloud book, the narrator is always talking directly to the little mouse and the humor is just perfect! The
Dec 16, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Feb 14, 2011 rated it liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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.

4.5 stars

Now, I have been reading Audrey and Don Wood’s works for many years, especially many of their earlier works including “The Napping House,” “Heckedy Peg” and “King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub.” So, imagine my delight when I finally got around to one of their most highly praised books that I never had the chance to read when I was little called “The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear” and I was pleasantly surprised by the results!

The story starts off with a li
Luisa Knight
Oh. So. Incredibly. Cute!


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J. Boo
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-kids
A welcome exception from the sheer awfulness of the books DS#1 (age 7) is given as first grade take-home reading.

A little mouse finds a red ripe strawberry, and is warned by the narrator that "The big, hungry bear can smell a red, ripe strawberry a mile away..." What can be done?

The illustrations are excellent -- really a joy -- and their humor is much appreciated by kids. The mouse trying to disguise the strawberry (with Groucho glasses) is a hoot.

I suspect, along with most adult readers, tha
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture, children-s, 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.
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
This is a fun, reader interaction sort of story. It's one that can be read with a lot of dramatic voice exaggeration. Trust me, this picture book will only get better the more you read it! ...more
Mr. Cody
Odd message, but the art is just too good.
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
So fun! I have vague memories of reading this book as a child, and I'm so glad we'll get to share it with our daughter! ...more
May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
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.
Jun 29, 2007 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?"). ...more
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-zman
Omgosh! Love this book so much. Was my son's absolute favorite when he was 1-3 years old. ...more
Ethan & Isaac
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think the narrator is taking advantage of the mouse's generosity with scare tactics.

My favorite page is the one with the disguises.
Nicole Bryan
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rdng-350
Summary: The story begins with a little mouse who wants to pick a strawberry but the narrator tells him bears love strawberries. The mouse goes through a panic to figure out how to hide it from the bear. In the end the mouse and narrator split the strawberry and eat it and the bear never shows up.
Reflection: LOVE IT!!! The suspense in the story is great. The pictures show a high level of emotion. I just love this story!
Use in Class: This story is just a good read. The emotions in the pictures ar
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Finished my first book for the Stay Home Reading Rush.

32 Pages

Meets the challenge to finish a book in the same space: Living Room couch

This was my husband's favorite childhood book (evident as the spine is in pieces) so I thought it would be fun to read. The Woods also did another of my childhood favorites, Heckedly Peg.

The story itself is cute and humorous. The illustrations are vivid and adorable.

This was a joy to read. My husband still looks back on it fondly and I can see why.
Sarah Sammis
Nov 26, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pc, read-in-2002
Sean has taken a new liking to a book he's had for a while, The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear. We had to read it quite a few times last night. Fortunately it's rather short. I think he likes the threat of the bear and the deep booming voice Ian uses when the narrator is describing the bear. ...more
Apr 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Apr 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
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)
Aug 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Another book I love to read to my kids. I need a new copy because the one I have is falling apart.
Amaria Galom
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
it was a really good childrens book i read it when i was younger like so many time
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of our all time favorite books for sure ! We love the simple cute story and the wonderful illustrations!

Truly a book to be read and admired over and over again - no matter how old you are!
Tatianna Rodriguez
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, 2019
Scaring and deceiving a cute, tiny mouse by making him share his food with an ominous narrator—what’s not to love? A humorously, twisted take on the tortoise and the hare where the hare learns how to wield mind control over the tortoise to remain lazy and still win the prize.
Cynthia Egbert
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-must-reads
I don't get it. So many love this book but I really wasn't crazy about it. Using fear like that seems terrible to me, especially to trick the poor mouse out of the food he rightfully harvested for himself. The illustrations are cute but the story just rubs me wrong. ...more
Stacy M. Patton
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is so clever and funny! This one is a true joy to read. This book reserves a permanent spot on my home library shelf! I have read this book numerous times and it makes me smile every time! This book is great for all ages!

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