Thursday 14 June 2012

166. The Very Hungry Bear by Nick Bland

The Very Hungry Bear by Nick Bland
Published June 2012 Scholastic

From the publisher:

The Very Cranky Bear is back, and now he's hungry! When the Very Hungry Bear goes fishing, he ends up catching more than he bargained for - a polar bear, with an armful of fish, who needs help finding a new home! 

This bear has been cranky and itchy, now the bear is back and this time he is hungry!  Bear is not having much luck with his fishing.  He is getting very hungry, but he has not caught a thing!  What he does catch is quite a surprise, it’s a polar bear.  Now he knows why he has had no luck catching fish…the polar bear has them all! The good news is that the polar bear will share his fish, if hungry brown bear will help him find somewhere to stay.

The humour in the illustrations starts when the polar bear is standing on what’s left of his iceberg, being towed in by hungry brown bear’s fishing line.  The fun continues when the polar bear begins searching for a new place to live.  Bear’s cave is a bit too hot for a polar bear, mole’s hole a bit too small, croc wasn’t very helpful and the bird’s nest seemed almost right….except that polar bear is allergic to trees!

As well as this just being a great book to read out loud, it’s a good example of how you can solve a problem , by the process of elimination.  It also shows the different places that animals live, and would be a fun book to look at as an introduction to habitats, asking the question,  why particular animals live in particular places?  The illustrations are bright, the story engaging and it's told in rhyme (which always makes a book a winner for me), this new bear book is a welcome addition to the two that came before.

Who will like this book: Boys and Girls age 5+
Read it if you like: The Very Cranky Bear and The Very Itchy Bear by Nick Bland

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