I was making a few purchases from Scholastic the other day and saw a link for the National Simultaneous Storytime. The picture of the big cranky bear is the thing that captured my attention. I already own Nick Bland’s The Very Cranky Bear and the chance to not only read it again but simultaneously with the rest of the nation is an opportunity not to be missed. So on Wednesday the 23rd of May at 9am (11am AEST) we will be having a visit from our local librarian who has kindly agreed to come and read the book to us. Ruth is a lovely, kind hearted lady who lives and breathes books. The expression and love she puts into her readings captivates her audience every time.
We’d like to send some pictures of the class participating in this event to the local newspaper so I am straining the old grey braincells for ideas to make the day something special. I think we will make some bear ears headbands, pose with our crankiest faces and add captions on what makes us cranky. I think it’d be nice if we all pose with Ruth for a group photo too.
I’ve got a few bear ideas on my Pinterest Bear Board but I’m open to others. If you’ve got any beary (pardon the pun) good ideas I’d love to hear them.
I love this theme synopsis of the book by Scholastic:
When we see someone else with a problem, we often assume that the best way for them to solve it is the way we would. When confronted with a very cranky bear, this is how Zebra, Lion and Moose respond to him. They assume Bear would want what makes them happy. Sheep, on the other hand, waits and watches, and listens to Bear. Then she offers a solution that really fits the problem, and everyone is happy.
What a great book! Even if you’re not in Australia you might like to join us in reading this book. It’s available on iTunes in Australia (I’m not sure if it is elsewhere). There are some very cool sound effects and animations. You can also watch the book being read on YouTube below.