The Very Cranky Bear

The Very Cranky Bear

Book - 2009
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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?

Publisher: Toronto : Scholastic Canada, 2009, c2008.
ISBN: 9780545612692
Branch Call Number: BLAND
Characteristics: [24] p. : col. ill. ; 25 cm.


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Jun 17, 2016

Lovely story with the message that you need to think about what other people would like - not just assume they'd like what you like.
Well written. Nice rhymes. Beautifully illustrated.
My two year old loves this book.

CRRL_CraigGraziano May 21, 2015

Nick Bland's rhyming text is fun and sing-songy, with plenty of "roars" from Bear that children will love to join in on. His artwork is colorful, clear, and hilarious. The book also excels with its themes of generosity and friendship.

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Sep 30, 2014

Quite a cute book and the quiet plain sheep comes out the hero . Nicely illustrated .

Sep 26, 2014

The first thing that stands out about this book are the illustrations of the animals on the very first page. The lion has such a wonderfully wild mane and the moose has creative antlers. The illustrations throughout this book are colorful and creative.

This is a wonderful story about the animal who is the least flashy (the plain sheep) coming to the rescue by helping the cranky bear. The other animals try their own flashy solutions, but none actually understand what the bear really needs. The sheep listens and the sheep delivers. Yes! This story is a great example of friendships and relationships.

The bear may be cranky, but he is not frightening. I would recommend this book for any age.


Cute book! JH

Oct 12, 2012

This book has it all - fun rhymes and hilarious pictures. We love Nick Bland as an author and this book is one of our favorites!

forbesrachel Sep 18, 2012

This bear is clearly not a morning person either; very amusing.

Apr 19, 2012

One of our very favorites for pre-school story time!!

SCL_Preschool Dec 21, 2011

Adorable and funny book about misinterpretations, sharing and friendship.

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Feb 19, 2016

Jissell3 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 2 and 10

Sep 26, 2014

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages


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