Author: Dennis Haseley
Illustrator: Jim LaMarche
Publication Date: 2002
Genre/Format: Fiction/Picture Book
Summary: One day, a bear comes upon a woman reading in the woods. He carefully approaches to listen to her read even though he doesn’t understand what she is saying. Day after day, he returns to listen to her stories.
What I Think: The warm colors and illustrations in this book matched with the descriptive text make such a relaxing and entrancing story. It reminds me of reading with Peanut curled up in bed after a long day, quiet and cozy. This book brings to life the magic of reading.
Read Together: K - 8
Read Alone: 3 - 8
Read With: Wild About Books By Judy Sierra
Snatch of Text: “The bear gazed up at her as she said the words and turned the pages. He couldn’t understand any of what she was saying. But as he listened to the sound of her voice, happiness washed over him like waves.”
Reading Strategies to Practice: Visualizing, Making Connections
Writing Strategies to Practice: $100 Words, Descriptive Writing, Sensory Details
Writing Prompts: Write about your favorite memory of reading with someone. Imagine your own sanctuary, or where you feel most calm, and describe with sensory details.
Topics Covered: Love of Reading, Friendship
Translated to Spanish: No