The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear

It’s that time of year again… Strawberry time!! I had a whole punnet to myself on my journey home. Never mind, they were 2 for 5Euro so I still had one to share with Ed. I won’t tell him if you won’t 😉 Speaking of strawberries, here is a brilliant, brilliant story: The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear   51QPZ986TFL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX385_SY500_CR,0,0,385,500_SH20_OU02_   The illustrations are just superb. The facial expression on the mouse conveys such emotion, don’t they? He is starting to look a little worried. LOL! 22072b little mouse4-thumb-400x257-44229 For those of you who don’t know, I come from the home of Irish strawberries, Wexford. We are renowned  for our strawberries and are very, very proud of that. I am so blessed to be able to purchase amazing strawberries at the exit of my school. It’s so hard to drive past them and not purchase a punnet or two. County_Wexford As a strawberry lover a book about a big, red, ripe strawberry is to hard to resist ! I can completely make a “text-to-self connection” with this book. How far would you go to hide the red ripe strawberry from a big hungry bear?! Pretty far I think…Screen Shot 2013-07-18 at 08.34.44 Hmmm. Looks like I can make another “text-to -self connection”. I would completely give in and eat it. No bear is going to put me off eating a red, ripe strawberry. IMG_3817   Click here to purchase the book. Strawberries must be purchased separately and from a roadside seller! Here are some fun facts  to accompany your reading of The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear . Screen Shot 2013-07-18 at 08.39.12

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I never knew that strawberries were a member of the rose family? I also adore roses! Incredible! I am fighting a battle with aphids at the moment who seem to love my roses as much as I do!!!

Calling all teachers:

If you don’t have it then you really should! I just love it! I attended a professional development workshop last year on storytelling and the whole workshop was based on this book. As you can see Book Depository have The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear in a large format book also, which is what I purchased. Click here to purchase  Do you have a favourite summer read? Please leave a comment and share with the rest of us if you do!   Have fun, Miss Mernagh 🙂


2 thoughts on “The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear

  1. Shelly says:

    I love reading your blogs, they inspire me so much in my everyday teaching. When you choose a new book do you read it during your English lesson and then integrate it into another subject area. Just with the overloaded curriculum we have, was just wondering how you fit it all in 🙂

    • missmernagh says:

      Hi Shelly,
      I start my planning for the year by choosing a story per week. All other planning comes from this. When I choose stories I try to use ones that are double duty where possible e.g can be used for science ( who sank the boat), history ( you, me and the big blue sea), maths (square cat). If you send me an email to I can send you a screen shot of how I plan.
      Miss Mernagh 🙂

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