The book was called: "The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear" by again my favorite duo, Don and Audrey Woods.This book is definitely a family favorite. It's about a little mouse who picks a strawberry, and the narrator of the book scares him into thinking a big hungry bear will come and get it. The mouse tries hiding it, guarding it and disguising it, but the narrator says the only way to save it is to "cut it in two, share half with me, and we'll both eat it all up!"
We started out with the kitchen and food cutting (wooden food with velcro that can be "cut" with a knife). The kids did a really nice job cutting. We only had one wooden knife so most everyone used butter knives. Haley was content to just cook soup while the rest cut and baked their various veggies and fruits. When that got old, I had the kids use thumb tacks to tack up paper strawberries (the mouse guards the strawberry with some thumb tacks). Bodie and Poppy also brought out the farm animals--which even had a connection.
We counted strawberries, and found lots of S's (for strawberry) and sang our ABC's. I read the book 2 times with complete attention. Then we went on a hot/cold hunt for our package of strawberries we were eating for snack.
Ended with the goodbye song and I read the book again.