Monday, July 2, 2012

Excerpt from How Back-Back Got His Name, a Lima Bear

Thomas Weck and Peter Weck created an award-winning series about a group of adorable creatures known as the Lima Bears. My students, ages 3-6, absolutely loved this series when I shared it with them. The second book in the series is How Back-Back Got His Name.


Can you imagine what it would be like to lose your back!!? Well, that is exactly what happens to Plumpton, the Opossum. Lima Bear and his clever friends become detectives searching for this missing back.

Follow them as they try new and different ways of thinking to solve the mystery. See how they band together to protect each other in times of danger! Will they ever find Plumpton's back?

The take-away message: The tolerance of differences in others yields benefits 

Here is an excerpt from How Back-Back Got His Name.
One cool autumn morning, Lima Bear lay sleeping in his tiny walnut-shell bed in the hollow of an oak tree.He looked a bit like a lima bean with his round green belly and short arms and legs all snuggled up in his bed.
"Wake up, Lima Bear! Wake UP!!!"
"Oh my!" Lima Bear exclaimed. He jumped out of bed and ran to the door.
Whistle-Toe the rabbit held out a note for Lima Bear to read.
Help! I have an EEE-mergency! Plumpton
Whistle-Toe and Lima Bear rushed to see their friend, Plumpton the opossum.
At Plumpton's house, Lima Bear asked, "What's the EEE-mergency?"
"I've lost something," Plumpton sobbed. "I...I was brushing my fur this morning and when I turned around to look in the mirror, my b-b-back was GONE!"
Plumpton turned around, and disappeared!
"Aaaa-MAAAY-zing!" Whistle-Toe gasped.
Plumpton sniffled loudly, and turned back toward his friends.
Lima Bear said, "Don't worry, Plumpton. We'll help you find your back! Hmm... I think we'll need more help. Let.s get Maskamal, too."...
About Lima Bear® Press
Lima Bear® Press has a very straightforward mission: to publish children’s stories that are engaging, imaginative, and humorous while each carries an important life message such as tolerance, honesty, courage, etc.

For children who are not yet readers, these stories are an easy read by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and family friends. Lima Bear® Press strives to make the stories entertaining and meaningful both to those who listen as well as to those who read them aloud.

For children who are readers, the authors crafted the stories, through both text and illustration, so that they are fun to read, while, at the same time, striving to introduce young minds to new expressions and new vocabulary in a way that is readily understood. 

Lima Bear Press feels they will have achieved their mission when they help children who listen to and/or read their books become eager readers throughout their lives. 

In the Lima Bear stories, the basic characters appear and reappear. Each character has a distinct
personality that shines through in every story.

Learn more at Their books are distributed to bookstores and libraries nationwide
by Small Press United (from IPG). Or call 800-888-4741 for more information. 

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