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This perennial favorite tells the story of Sal and her mother, who go to pick blueberries and encounter a mother bear and her cub. Both pairs plan to store up food for the winter and are surprised to encounter the other.

This week’s theme is bears. Our “Growing Minds Day by Day” educational resource lists are designed for families and educators to use during COVID-19 and beyond. 

In this book, the narrator follows a mouse’s every move as he picks a straw-berry and tries to keep it from the ominous Big Hungry Bear. After disguising the strawberry, hiding it, and putting it under lock and key, the narrator suggests the best way to make sure the bear doesn’t get it: “cut it in half, give me the other half, and eat it!” Told from an interesting point of view, the reader feels like part of the story.