In this adaptation of a Hungarian folktale, a clever fox dupes two quarrelsome bears out of their lunch. Ages 4-7. (Apr.)
- Carolyn Mott Ford
Two bear cubs, out to see the world, came upon a brook. They were both thirsty so they began to drink. The first bear wanted to be sure he drank as much as his companion. The second bear tried to drink more than the first. They both drank until they were so full that their potbelly stomachs began to ache. The next day they found a big round cheese by the roadside. They wanted to divide it, but each one was worried that the other would get the larger piece. As they were fighting, a fox came along and offered to help. When she broke the cheese in two, one piece was larger than the other. The fox took a bite out of the larger piece, but then the other piece was bigger. The fox kept taking bites out of one piece and then the other, telling the bears that the pieces of cheese would soon be equal. Finally the fox was full and she stalked away. What was left? Only two tiny, but equal, crumbs of cheese for the two hungry bears. Adapted from a Hungarian Folk Tale. 1998 (orig.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Two bear cubs set out to see the world, but all they do is argue until a clever fox sets them straight. By Mirra Ginsburg. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.