The Very Cranky Bear (Hardcover)

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Chris's August 2014 Staff Pick: When a group of friends has to find a place to get out of the rain, they run into a cave. But they don’t know that someone else is already there. Bear gets very cranky when he is awakened by them. So they try to give Bear something that makes each of them feel special. Nick Bland is both the author and the illustrator for this wonderful picture book.

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Four animal friends cheer up a very cranky bear.

Nick Bland's expressive, adorable illustrations complement delightful, rhyming, read-aloud text in this lesson about the importance of sharing with others.

Moose, Lion, Zebra, and Sheep take shelter in a cave on a cold and rainy day, only to realize that a bear is there. The bear roars loudly and says that he is trying to sleep. Not understanding why the bear is so cranky, the other animals come up with ways to cheer up the bear. Moose finds antlers for him, Lion gives him a mane, and Zebra paints on stripes. Is there anything the four well-meaning friends can do to help the bear sleep?

About the Author

Nick Bland always wanted to be a writer and a cartoonist, but it wasn't until he started working in a bookstore and rediscovered children's literature that he found a way to channel this ambition. He is the author of THE RUNAWAY HUG and the illustrator of I LOST MY KISSES. Nick lives in the jungle near Darwin, Australia.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780545612692
ISBN-10: 0545612691
Publisher: Orchard Books
Publication Date: July 29th, 2014
Pages: 32
Language: English