Bear and Mouse are back. It’s Bear’s birthday, but he doesn’t like birthdays. Bear is cleaning and fussing when Mouse arrives with a card. Bear tells Mouse it is not his birthday and sends him away. Mouse gets creative and tries many disguises but Bear is always able to spot Mouse and continues to send him away.
Mouse appears to have given up. Then Bear sees a package at his door. With no sign of Mouse, he takes the box and hurries to the kitchen. What does he find? It is a huge chocolate cake…his favorite. Bear scoops up a handful of icing and out pops Mouse. Mouse returns with all his gifts. A pair of red roller skates wins Bear over and they complete the celebration by eating the whole cake.
This is a fun filled story of a persistent friend who knows he is doing the right thing. Children will like the disguises Mouse uses and his insistence that his friend have a birthday. The illustrations are stylized and exaggerated, but children will enjoy them. There are lots of things to find and the expressions and actions of Bear will make them chuckle. The art is large and children will have fun finding all the objects in each room.
Use this book to celebrate a birthday or just to celebrate and explore friendship.
Check the WRL catalog for A Birthday for Bear.