On the cover, an energetic cub wrapped in a red scarf leaps down into the waiting arms of whiskery Old Bear. Every morning begins with these two sitting down with porridge and Old Bear admonishing the cub to eat it all up. Party way through the story, the cub takes on the role of telling Old Bear what he should be doing to stay well. Old Bear is sent to bed, given tea and read to until he falls fast asleep.
In a story time, kids would have great fun carrying out Old Bear and cub’s arguments. This would be a great story for kids who might have to help care for older relatives or for kids tired of hearing advice. This little bedtime story could work as a prelude to discussions of animal families or as an introduction to a health lesson.
As the rain came down one Saturday morning, it made the chickens squawk. This in turn made the cat yowl and the dog bark. One noise causes another in this rainy day tale. Cause and effect could easily be explored with this book. No matter the ruckus, the rain keeps coming down and down. Personally, I am fond of the ice cream truck jacking up its music to cover the honking. When the song breaks through, the hostile mood of the town evaporates.