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The Very Cranky Bear

By Nick Bland   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545612692 Hardcover
32 Pages | 9.77" x 10.11" | Ages 3 to 5

Scholastic Australia Pty | ISBN 9781443107853 Board book
22 Pages | 6.78" x 6.78" | Ages 0 to 3

Scholastic Australia Pty | ISBN 9780545986168 Hardcover
24 Pages | 9.7" x 10.11" | Ages 0 to 3

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?

Raves & reviews:

Praise for The Very Cranky Bear:

"Bland's silly jungle tale, published in his native Australia in 2008, will have young listeners giggling, particularly once Bear's all dolled up. Older listeners might wonder why the other animals are so pudgy and cute compared to Bear (especially Lion). Good, not-so-cranky fun." -Kirkus Reviews