The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear for a long time so you can imagine my delight when I discovered a copy with a CD - this adds another dimension to this deceptively simply story.
Someone is talking to the little mouse - warning him about the big hungry bear and the desperate need to protect a yummy ripe red strawberry that the mouse is just about to pick. I think the charm of this off stage narrator works in a similar way to the extra voices we hear in Spot. See below for my favourite page where we see the mouse trying to disguise the strawberry. This is a book I never tire of reading and I know my kindergarten students have really enjoyed reading it with their teachers this term too.
In addition to the book and CD I also have the mouse, the strawberry and even the knife in my toy collection.
This book is a timeless classic for our youngest children. Look for it in your library today.
Here is a video of the book. Here is a detailed lesson plan.