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Big Brown Bear Goes to Town by David McPhail
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Oct 13, 2011

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bookshelves: children-s-literature, picture-book, bears, friends, secrets, rats, rain

Big Brown Bear, while waiting for his oatmeal to cool, goes out to check his mail. He discovers his a friends' car full of water from a recent rainfall. Helpfully, Bear empties out the car. When Rat emerges from his home with a bucket, planning on bailing out his car, he thanks Bear for doing it for him.

Both Bear and Rat think it would be a great idea if Rat could bring his car inside when it rains. Alas, his house is much too small. Bear has an idea, but he's not ready to share it quite yet. He needs to make a trip into town. Rat also needs to head into town so they carpool. First stop is the bank so that Bear can get some money. Next stop, the hardware store where Bear emerges with a mysterious box. Rat questions Bear about his secretiveness; it's unlike him.

When they get back to their homes, Rat covers his eyes while Bear reveals his surprise: a mailbox! No, not for mail. Rat does not get much mail. For his car! To repay the favor, Rat shares his brown sugar with Bear while they eat the oatmeal which is finally cooled.

Cute story, but I hate when authors try to make "chapter books" out of their picture books.

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