Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Jan Brett is well-known in the world of children's literature. Her books are always beautifully illustrated and the stories are timeless. Berlioz the Bear is no exception.
This is the story of a bear who is an orchestra leader. However, there seems to be something wrong with his instrument; every time he attempts to play the double bass, a strange buzzing sound is heard. When the wagon carrying Berlioz and the other animals to the town festival gets stuck alongside the road, they are rescued in a surprising way. A full review of this book can be read by clicking on the title of this post.
This book provides a wonderful opportunity to introduce children to the composer of Romantic Classical music, Hector Berlioz. One of his most well-known pieces is The Hungarian March. Play the Hungarian March before reading the book. Show pictures of traditional Hungarian clothing and have students compare to the clothing worn by the animals in the story.
There are also other books about bears that could be read to students studying real and imaginary bear characters. Some of those books are listed below.
Black Bear: North America's Bear by Stephen R. Swinburne
Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman
We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin and Eric Carle
Little Bear by Elsa Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak
Ask Mr. Bear by Marjorie Flack
The Teddy Bear by David M. McPhail
Sleepy Bears by Mem Fox and Kerry Argent
Hush Little Polar Bear by Jeff Mack
Bears by Emma Helbrough
Bears! Bears! Bears! by Bob Barner
Where Teddy Bears Come From by Mark Burgess and Russell Ayto
The Bear by James Olver Curwood
It's the Bear by Jez Alborough
Grizzly Bears by Gail Gibbons