Wakey, Wakey Bear!

Wakey, Wakey Bear!
Genre: Picture book
Every spring, the Forest Friends gather after the long, cold winter. But this year someone was missing…Bear! As they suspect, he’s still fast asleep in his cave. The problem is: how will they wake him! Try as they might, they can’t wake him from his noisy slumber, but someone is quietly confident that they can do exactly that.
About the Book

Every spring, the Forest Friends gathered after the long, cold winter.

But someone was missing. “Where’s Bear?” Badger asked.

They all shook their heads.  No-one had seen him. Knowing Bear as they did, they knew he’d still be asleep in his cave.

Sure enough, there was Bear, snoring very loudly, curled up next to cans of his favourite food – beans!

“How do we wake him?” asked Rabbit. And they all started to bicker rather loudly!

“I can wake him,” Mouse squeaked. But no-one heard him.

“I’m the wisest,” Owl hooted, “I can wake him.” And he wisely worked out the best place for an echo and banged some stones together. THWACK, ACK, ACK, ACK! THWACK, ACK, ACK, ACK!

But Bear still loudly snored and the friends still loudly bickered.

“I can wake him,” Mouse squeaked again. But still no-one listened.

“I’m the slyest,” Fox screeched, “I can wake him.” And she slyly sneaked up behind Bear and smacked two cans together. CLINK! CLANK! CLONK! CLINK! CLANK! CLONK!

But Bear still loudly snored. And the friends still loudly bickered.

“I can wake him,” Mouse squeaked. But once again his friends ignored him.

“I’m the strongest,” Stag boomed. “I can wake him.” And he strongly struck several sticks against several silver saucepans. BISH! BASH! BOSH! BISH! BASH! BOSH!

But Bear still loudly snored. And the friends still loudly bickered.

By now, Mouse had had enough and he decided to quietly go about his business.

He placed some stones in a square.
He stacked the sticks upon the stones.
He put the pans on the sticks.
He emptied cans into the pans.
He rubbed two sticks until they lit.
Then stepped away and licked his lips.

‘Wakey, wakey, Bear,’ Mouse said.

Minutes later, Bear’s beans began to bubble. Across the cave, a wave of the whiff wafted its way to where Bear lay.

His nose began to flutter.
Then one eye raised its shutter.
Followed swiftly by the other.
His mouth shaped up to mutter
‘Til he woke enough to utter…
“Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaeaans!”

Bear was awake! And no longer did the friends loudly bicker. They were all lost for words.

“Come on,” Mouse squeaked, quietly pleased with his work. “Let’s eat!” This time, everyone listened.

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