The Cave Monster

The Cave Monster

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$15.95

Overview

Each picture book in the Lima Bear Stories series delivers messages for children to help them handle everyday situations with siblings and friends, including tolerance, honesty, and courage. Basic characters, each with their own distinct personality, appear and reappear throughout the series, allowing children to get to know them and anticipate how they are likely to act in different situations. Extended learning and activity questions are included to allow parents and teachers to further encourage children to become involved in the concepts presented.

When L. Joe Bean has been captured by the cave monster, his cousin Lima Bean and friends enter the dangerous Black Cave to rescue him. When the cave monster attacks, they come together to save L. Joe Bean in time—and themselves. The primary concept presented in the story is that friends, individually afraid, find courage acting together.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933872018
Publisher: Lima Bear Press
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Series: The Lima Bear Stories Series
Pages: 29
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 5 - 7 Years

About the Author

Thomas Weck is a national award-winning author and coauthor of the Lima Bear Stories series of children’s books. He lives in Wilmington, Delaware. Peter Weck is a board member of the Menlo Park Library Foundation, the CEO of StoryJumper, and the coauthor of the Lima Bear Stories series. He lives in Atherton, California. Len DiSalvo is an animator and illustrator for a wide range of print projects and award-winning computer games. He teaches art illustration and animation at the Art Center Design College. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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The Cave Monster 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Homeschoolbookreview on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What would you do if a friend of yours was captured by a monster and imprisoned in a cave? Lima Bear, a small, furry green bear the size of a lima bean, is expecting a visit from his cousin, L. Joe Bean, a small, smooth red bear the size of a pinto bean, when their friend Whistle-Toe the rabbit runs up to tell Lima Bear that L. Joe Bean has been captured by the Cave Monster and taken to Black Cave. They join with their friends, Maskamal the raccoon and Back-Back the opossum, to go rescue him. Whistle-Toe brings a canteen of water in case they get thirsty. Lima Bear brings his and L. Joe Bean¿s little swords. Maskamal brings his bow and arrow and a red flag. Back-Back doesn¿t have anything to bring, but his back is missing so when he lies on his stomach he disappears. Can the four friends save L. Joe Bean? Or will they themselves get caught? In this third title of the ¿Lima Bear Stories¿ series, the take away message is that friends, though individually afraid, can find courage when acting together. For children who are not yet readers, it is great for reading aloud by parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents, other relatives, or family friends. However, it is entertaining and meaningful not only for those who listen but also for those who are able to read it for themselves as well. There are also two ¿Extend the Learning¿ pages following the story with related questions and activities. The basic goal for this and the other Lima Bear books is to help children who listen to and/or read them become eager readers throughout their lives. The Cave Monster is certainly an imaginative tale that will capture kids¿ attention. Look for forthcoming ¿Lima Bear Stories¿ such as The Labyrinth, The Search for Back-Back¿s Back, and Lima Bear¿s Halloween.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
The Cave Monster is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
PennyMindingMom More than 1 year ago
Poor L. Joe Bean, he’s been captured by the Cave Monster! Lima Bear and his friends must muster up all their courage to go an save him. We team up with all our friends, Back-Back, Maskamal, Whistletoe and Lima Bear to venture into the scary Black Cave. Each member of the group is scared but they soon learn that together they can accomplish almost anything! This is another great book from Lima Bear Press. My daughter absolutely loves these books, but this one appears to be her new favourite. It is a little scary for her at bedtime, but it is a wonderful story about courage and friendship. In the back of the book are some extended learning activities. Our favourite is the “Make a Monster Poster”. With Hallowe’en just around the corner, this was a great activity to explore with my daughter. We struggle at bedtime with her being afraid and this project gave use the opportunity to make our “under the bed monster” just a little bit less scary. There are other activities outlined in the back that creates an opportunity for you to discuss an assortment of topics with your child. My daughter will read the books from Lima Bear Press over and over again. She never seems to get tired of them. A perfect length for bedtime, the images are simply adorable. These are great books for small children, but even as an adult I enjoy them as well.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
What would you do if a friend of yours was captured by a monster and imprisoned in a cave? Lima Bear, a small, furry green bear the size of a lima bean, is expecting a visit from his cousin, L. Joe Bean, a small, smooth red bear the size of a pinto bean, when their friend Whistle-Toe the rabbit runs up to tell Lima Bear that L. Joe Bean has been captured by the Cave Monster and taken to Black Cave. They join with their friends, Maskamal the raccoon and Back-Back the opossum, to go rescue him. Whistle-Toe brings a canteen of water in case they get thirsty. Lima Bear brings his and L. Joe Bean’s little swords. Maskamal brings his bow and arrow and a red flag. Back-Back doesn’t have anything to bring, but his back is missing so when he lies on his stomach he disappears. Can the four friends save L. Joe Bean? Or will they themselves get caught? In this third title of the “Lima Bear Stories” series, the take away message is that friends, though individually afraid, can find courage when acting together. For children who are not yet readers, it is great for reading aloud by parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents, other relatives, or family friends. However, it is entertaining and meaningful not only for those who listen but also for those who are able to read it for themselves as well. There are also two “Extend the Learning” pages following the story with related questions and activities. The basic goal for this and the other Lima Bear books is to help children who listen to and/or read them become eager readers throughout their lives. The Cave Monster is certainly an imaginative tale that will capture kids’ attention. Look for forthcoming “Lima Bear Stories” such as The Labyrinth, The Search for Back-Back’s Back, and Lima Bear’s Halloween.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Somebody! Quick, help! L. Joe Bean has been captured by the big, nasty Cave Monster. What will Lima Bear and his friends do? Lima Bear and his friends know that they must join together to save their good friend L. Joe Bean. After all, that's what friends do. Whistle-Toe the rabbit, Back-Back the opossum, Maskamal the raccoon, and Lima Bear all agree to help L. Joe Bean. Alas, it's getting dark so they agree to meet early the next morning to plan L. Joe Bean's escape. Each member of the "team" agrees to brings something useful with them, to help in the escape attempt. The next morning, they all arrive at the appointed time and place and tell the others what they brought. A bow and arrow, a couple of swords, a red flag....but when they try to use their various weapons, it appears the rescue might be a flop. Maskamal can shoot his arrow, er, stick, only about 6 inches and the swords that little Lima Bear brought were so tiny that it seemed they wouldn't stop a bug, never mind a big, nasty, cave monster. Nonetheless, the friends embark on their mission to save L. Joe Bean. Will they be able to thwart the Cave Monster and save their friend? The Cave Monster is the third book in the Lima Bear series and by now, young readers are likely familiar with the antics of this group of friends. This tale - with a happy ending - is goofy, silly, fun, and teaches a lesson of friendship and sticking together to help another friend in need. There are two pages at the back of the book to "Extend the Learning" with activity suggestions for 'before reading,' 'during reading,' and 'after reading' as well as games to play to enhance the learning experience. Quill says: A fun book for fans of the Lima Bear series.
tootall1121 More than 1 year ago
As seen at Stories For Children Magazine The Cave Monster, by Thomas and Peter Weck, is different from most children's picture books in a number of ways. It's physically a first class book, well made in the USA on heavyweight stock. It should last a very long time, probably hundreds, or with a little care, thousands of readings. Cave Monster has more words than the average picture book, it's almost an intermediate reader, but doesn't quite cross that threshold. Another difference is in the back of the book there are two pages of ways to increase the learning potential, including many fun activities. However, I recommend that the first time you read this with your child, you simply read it, allowing them time to take in the brilliant artwork by Len DiSalvo. They'll want to read it again and again, so you can do some of the teaching or activities on other occasions. Now, break out of my usual review style to let co-author Thomas Weck tell you all about the book, and why he and Peter wrote it: (Thomas) Come on - how can a Cave Monster take this seriously? To save L. Joe Bean from being eaten, his friends "attack" the Cave Monster with the oddest assortment of weapons you could ever imagine: a red flag, a bow and arrow that doesn't work, a canteen of water, a rock smaller than a pebble, and a sword no bigger than a pin. The Cave Monster will just swallow them up along with L. Joe Bean and be done with it. Or will he? These pesky animals might just surprise him - and themselves. When our 4 children were young I used to tell them bedtime stories that I made up on the spot. One night, I came up with the idea of a clan of beans living in the forest with other forest animals. The two key beans were Lima Bear (good-hearted) and L. Joe Bean (the smartest of all the animals in the forest). The children identified with these beans right away because: 1: They had such good qualities [and it tickled the children pink that a tiny bean could be the smartest in the forest]. 2: Children come into a world that is sized for adults, not for them, and this gives them many challenges - similar to what Lima Bear and L. Joe Bean [and all the other beans of Beandom] have to deal with. Children identify immediately to these types of 'sizing' problems. In addition to making the stories engaging and suspenseful, very funny, I made sure to weave into the fabric of each story an important message such as: stick to your convictions, have tolerance for the differences in others, working collectively you can accomplish things that you could not accomplish on your own - these being the messages in the first three stories in order of their release. In subsequent stories, our messages will be: compassion, forgiveness, courage, look before you leap, perseverance, etc. When Peter (my co-author) was in his 30's with 3 young daughters of his own, he would tell them bedtime stories. One day he approached me and said: "Dad, the Lima Bear Stories you told us were so good, so funny, and what I learned from them made such an impression on me. We need to share these stories with others. We need to bring them out as books." This was the genesis of Lima Bear Press. Young children as so open and innocent and speak only the truth as they perceive it (it is often very funny how their minds process information). Their imagination has no boundaries and to let them explore their imaginations ver