Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Review of The Cave Monster, a Lima Bear book

The Cave Monster is the third book in the Lima Bear series. Again, I shared this with my students, ages 3-6, who greatly enjoyed it. It is recommended for children ages 4-8.

In this book, Lima Bear is eagerly waiting for his cousin, L. Joe Bean to arrive for a visit. Before he makes it, though, he is kidnapped by a cave monster! The other animal friends, Whistle-Toe, Maskamal and Back-Back vow to help Lima Bear rescue his cousin. They work together on their plan to overcome the cave monster and get back their friend. The lesson in this book is that when individuals are afraid, they can band together to find courage.

Out of the three books, I like this one the least. Some of my younger students were frightened by the cave monster, which is why this book is recommended for those just a little older. My students found it amusing, though, even those who were a little scared. I do like how the characters work together to find their courage and to solve their problems. Teamwork is always a good lesson for kids. It is still a cute story. The illustrations are adorable.

As in all of the other books, there are discussion questions and activities for adults and children to share. This book can lead to another thematic unit.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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