Books about Bears
For the two-year olds we read Doctor Maisy by Lucy Cousins. Maisy is taking care of her bear Panda who is sick with the help of her nurse Tallulah. By pretending she is a doctor, she shows the children how she takes Panda’s temperature. Tallulah listens to Maisy’s heartbeat and when Maisy hurts her nose, Nurse Tallulah helps Maisy get better by bandaging it. This books helps children learn through pretending what happens at a doctor visit.
The one-year old and two-year old classes enjoyed No Bed without Ted by Nicola Smee. A little girl is looking for her favorite teddy bear Ted. In this lift the flap book, the audience and the little girl travel all over the house looking in cabinets, under blankets and even behind grandpa for Ted. Finally the mom steps in and lets the little girl know that Ted was just drying on the line. Ted is now ready for bed and so is the little girl!
Stories for three and half, four and five-year olds can be longer. We talk more about the details of what is taking place. Little Bear’s Big Sweater is the tale of two brothers who both love the same sweater. This book by David Bedford shows how having a brother is great, but sharing something you love is hard even if you have grown out of it. The two brothers are having fun together when the little brother gets the sweater muddy and wet. The brothers fight and soon make up after they spend some time on their own. This scenario was a chance to talk about how the children thought the bears were feeling. The big brother felt sad when he realized he hurt his little brother by yelling at him. The class was very interested in the two bears and happy when the mother bear gave both bears a wonderful surprise in the end.