The Grizzly Bear with the Frizzly Hair could frighten the feathers off a peacock . . . "Yipes!" blinked the itzy-bitzy rabbit. "What are you going to do?" "Have my lunch," growled the bear. "And my lunch is ... YOU!" Will the itzy-bitzy rabbit end up as lunch? Or can he outwith the Grizzly Bear with the Frizzly Hair? Find out the answer in this delightful retelling of a traditional story that is known in ...
The Grizzly Bear with the Frizzly Hair could frighten the feathers off a peacock . . .
"Yipes!" blinked the itzy-bitzy rabbit. "What are you going to do?"
"Have my lunch," growled the bear. "And my lunch is ... YOU!"
Will the itzy-bitzy rabbit end up as lunch? Or can he outwith the Grizzly Bear with the Frizzly Hair? Find out the answer in this delightful retelling of a traditional story that is known in Ireland, South Africa, Iran, China and the U.S.A. Created in consultation with literacy specialist, Prue Goodwin, this edition contains the complete story, redesigned to help support children who are gaining confidence in reading.
PreS-Gr 2—Trying to outwit a hungry bear, a rabbit asks it to spare parts of his body—toes, knees, tummy, chest, and head—using logic that is wasted on the growling predator. His appeal to the bear's sense of etiquette ("Eating someone's head is really not…polite!") and attempts to distract him with jokes and stories also prove useless. Finally, the rabbit employs brainpower, the only weapon that ever works when a weak creature comes up against a mighty one. Convincing his enemy that he deserves a larger meal, he leads him to the river and tempts the grizzly with his own reflection. Rabbit's safe get-away is assured as his tormentor flounders in the water. The funny dialogue varies in size and font for emphasis. The cartoon illustrations are so over-the-top silly that children will howl with laughter and cheer at the end when justice is served. As with all well-told folktales, this one is eminently satisfying.—Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT
Can the clever rabbit stop the hungry bear from eating him? The titular Grizzly Bear with the Frizzly Hair has eaten almost everything in the forest but is still ravenous. And he's very bad-tempered about it, to boot. An "itzy-bitzy" rabbit makes the mistake of asking the bear what he's going to do. Lickety-split, the bear swoops the rabbit up in his giant paw and prepares to swallow him whole. Fast-talking rabbit tries distraction, self-deprecation and just plain pleading to get the bear to change his mind. Each buys him a little time, but he finally gets the bear's attention when he claims that there are much bigger things to eat down at the river. Bear, keeping a tight hold on rabbit, decides to check it out. When he looks in the water, he does see a creature a lot bigger and more appetizing than the scrawny rabbit. Before long, he's picked a fight with his own reflection and, in the heat of the moment, lets the rabbit go. Anyone who has read about the narrow escapes of Brer Rabbit can guess what happens next. Taylor's prose has some nice flourishes that read aloud well. Shaw's illustrations in pen and ink and scanned textures have some fun compositions, but the pictures of the rabbit actually in the bear's mouth might take some aback. Ultimately, amiable but undistinguished. (Picture book. 3-5)
Sean Taylor is a children's author, storyteller, and teacher with experience teaching creative writing in three continents. His books include The Great Snake, Purple Class and the Skelington, Purple Class and the Flying Spider, Crocodiles Are the Best Animals of All and the multi-award-winning When a Monster is Born. He divides his time between England and Brazil. Hannah Shaw graduated from Brighton University with a BA in Illustration. Since then she has worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, but has also worked in a chocolate shop and a bead factory. Since childhood she has had a passion for writing stories and creating characters to illustrate them. She currently lives in a tiny village in Gloucestershire, U.K.