Bonnie Becker. I love this story of a mouse and bear that become friends. My first graders loved it too! While the book is good, it comes alive during a read-a-loud.
After reading today, I got a round of applause from the class followed by hugs and was told the story was "awesome." I love reading the E.B. White Read Aloud Winners to my students. There are typically a lot of voices, and have great pictures. Earlier, when I said "Nothing beats a good story"--I lied. Sharing a good story is the best thing of all.
A Visitor for Bear has companion novels that my students are eagerly awaiting to read!