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Off We Go!
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: 9780823431724 | 07-01-2014

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: PRESCHOOL | Age: 3 to 6

Themes: Adventure, Friendship, Preschool, Animals/Fiction
Recommendations: K*, PW, SLJ

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

About the Book
In the third endearing Bear and Mole adventure, Bear helps his friend learn to ride a bike without training wheels. But even with Bear's support, Mole grows frustrated and wants to give up. Gentle Bear tells Mole, "I think you can," and Mole summons all his strength to make his first bike ride a success. Off he goes! This story is perfect for reading aloud.


★"A good friend will help you prepare for your challenges and will see you through them, as Bear does for Mole in another charming tale in the series from Hillenbrand. . . . A winner all around."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Mole decides that today is the day to remove the training wheels from his bike . . the message of not giving up and working at something is an important one."—School Library Journal

More Bear and Mole Story Books:
OFF WE GO! hardcover
ALL FOR A DIME! hardcover
ALL FOR A DIME! paperback
KITE DAY hardcover
KITE DAY paperback
SPRING IS HERE! paperback
FIRST STAR hardcover

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Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. What can you tell about Bear and Mole by looking at the cover illustration? RL.K-1.4

2. How does author Will Hillenbrand use words and phrases to enhance the meaning and tone of OFF WE GO? RL.K-1.4

3. What message is Will Hillenbrand sending to the reader? RL.K-1.2

4. How does Mole respond to the challenges of learning how to ride a bike? Write about your first experience riding a bicycle. Who was there to help you? W.K-1./ RL.K-1.1, 3