|Book Cover of "The Gingerbread Bear"|
Hi everyone. and Merry Christmas! A wonderful friend came into my classroom last week and handed me The Gingerbread Bear by Robert Dennis. She knows that I collect gingerbread books and couldn't have given me a nicer Christmas present. My students were really enthusiastic about pointing out all the similarities and differences between this book and other gingerbread books.
I don't want to give away the whole story, but I want to tell you a few of the funny things that happened when we read the book. The setting of this story is a national park, and there's a park ranger and his family that make and chase after the gingerbread bear. Kevin asked "What's a park ranger?" Giyhana said "You know, like a Power Ranger, except he's a Park Ranger. Get it?" After I stopped laughing, this led into a great discussion about what park rangers do for a living. I thought this was really neat, because this usually wouldn't come up in a community helper lesson. Also, my students this year are so ruthless when it comes to gingerbread stories! They always want the gingerbread character to get eaten at the end, and that is so different from every other class I've had before. When I asked them why, Matthew spoke up right away and said "Mrs. Dudley, you do know they're just cookies, right?" Seriously, his tone was so full of concern about my "misunderstanding". Like, why would I not want to eat a gingerbread cookie?
Two songs that would go really great with this book are: "Goin' on a Bear Hunt" by Greg & Steve, and "Cool Bear Hunt" by Dr. Jean. I just saw Greg & Steve at the NAEYC conference, and I actually got to talk to them. I told them that I've been using their music for at least 20 years now. They signed my CD's and shook my hand; it was really nice.
I just created a new package of writing picture prompts with word banks on TPT. A freebie is also available that just happens to be about a polar bear. After Christmas, I'm going to look for some nonfiction books about bears and I'll let you all know what I find.
I will be going to Syracuse this year for Christmas to visit with family. I hope all of you have a safe and happy holiday!