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Spring Is Here
A Bear and Mole Story
by Will Hillenbrand
Will Hillenbrand, Illustrator

Paperback | 32 pages | 10 7/8 x 9 1/2 | US$ 7.99
ISBN: 9780823424313 | 02-15-2012

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: PRESCHOOL | Age: 3 to 6

Themes: Seasons, Friendship, Preschool, Animals/Fiction
Recommendations: A, H, K, PW, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
SL.1.1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 2-6
L.1.1, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1g, 1j, 2, 2a, 2b, 4, 4a, 4c, 5, 5b, 5c, 5d, 6
RL.1.1-7, 9
W.1.1-3, 5-8

About the Book
Spring fever is catching in this vibrant story of friendship.

Sniff. Sniff. Sniff. Spring is in the air. Mole can smell it. But Bear is still asleep after his long winter nap. How will Mole wake up Bear so they can celebrate together? When a knock, knock, knock and a toot, toot, toot can't get Bear out of bed, Mole cooks up a special treat.


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Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. What do you already know about Bear and Mole? Describe the relationship between the two characters. RL.K-1.3

2. Discuss the cause-and-effect relationships in the story. Why is Bear sleeping in the story? Why is Mole sleeping in the story? Research facts about bears as a class. RL.K-1.1 / W.K-1.7-8

3. Compare and contrast the experiences of Bear and Mole from two different stories. RL.K-1.9

4. Why do you think author Will Hillenbrand changes the color of some of the words in the story? How do the words and phrases help you understand what is going on in the story? Find examples of onomatopoeia (sound words) from SPRING IS HERE. L.K-1.5

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Help Mole wake up Bear in this fun game!