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The Bear Under The Stairs

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I think it would be a great class read maybe as part of a PSHCE section or if it came up as a worry for children.

This is what the story builds up for the audience to believe but then we are contradicted once again and the existence of the bear is confirmed. It also has strong PSHE links, particularly around overcoming fears and speaking to a trusted adult. There was no wifi, and the TV was tiny, with only two channels, and even those only worked when the clouds were the right shape. Helen Cooper is a significant and prolific author who won the Kate Greenaway award twice for two consecutive books.As the story is told in rhyme and uses alliteration, it is a great way for children to review certain phonemes, particularly different ways to make the /a/ sound.

The Bear Under the Stairs is lovely book appealing directly to a child’s real-life experiences of fear, bravery and imagination. This story is something a lot of young children will feel familiar with – they have big imaginations about the unknown which can be quite enchanting, just like this book. Most recently she has written and illustrated The Hippo at the end of the Hall; a children’s novel published by David Fickling Books. When William's mom finally comes to his rescue to combat this scarey bear, he realizes maybe there wasn't a bear there after all.

The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. Since I am by career a first grade teacher, I felt this was a great story to use with children to talk with them about their fears. The sequence of learning finishes with children making comparisons between real bears and toy bears and using this as the basis for an information report about bears to give to William to help him feel less scared. Cooper also shows what a bear may get up to at night, and whilst William is scared of the bear, perhaps the bear is also scared of William! Find out what happens when a nastly smell pervades the house and Mum and William decide to investigate .

Her books have been translated into 26 languages and won many awards including the Library Association Kate Greenaway Medal – twice. The repetitive language ‘wham, bang, thump’ is also a fun way to encourage children to join in with the reading. It would make a lovely book to be read at storytime as there is opportunity for lots of conversation and discussion about the ending of the book.The only downside is that a few pages do have a dark color scheme that may not be as attractive to younger children.

Overall I think that this would be a good book to read aloud to young students and could get a few "ohh's" and "aww's" during story time. She was born in 1963 and grew up in the far North of England in a very rural area where milk came from the farm in a can, bears lived under the stairs, and it rained a great deal. Since I was not going to use the book on a daily basis, I did not feel that I needed to spend a lot of money for a new book. This book is certainly ideal for a classroom wherein the promotion of discussion is hoping to be established. Because of the importance and detail in the pictures this book could only be used when the child/ren were able to really see in detail at the pictures – so individually or in small groups.

Eventually the remains of the food let’s of a stench that the rest of the household can smell, when Williams mother decides to investigate they find that the cellar is rather empty.

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