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Jane Lind presents ...

Barnaby Bear

Written by Margaret Leon
Illustrated by Linda Leon

Theme: The North's Seasons, Ages 5 to 8

Barnaby Bear

When Barnaby Bear leaned out the window of Penny's room, he fell into a tree in the yard. He was caught where two branches grew out of the trunk, and he had no way of getting down.

At the end of the summer he said goodbye to the robin and the chipmunk and he watched as the leaves turned from green to gold. Snowflakes fell and covered him over and he fell asleep.

In March, the snow began to melt, and the wind blew so hard it pushed Barnaby out of the tree, swirled him around and blew him through the window into Penny's room.

The story line with the colour illustrations offers readers a clear image of the cycle of the seasons.


Barnaby Bear, a story that encompasses the four seasons, is especially suitable for dramatization. Let the children take the parts of the different animals and Penny, and even the wind. If you want to create a dramatic presentation to which you invite another class, the children can paint an appropriate backdrop for the story. Another approach is to let the children make a puppet theatre and paper bag puppets of each of the characters and present the story as a puppet show.

from the
Theme Catalogue and Teaching Guide for Children's Books
written for Penumbra Press by Jane Lind
© Jane Lind

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