The Very Noisy Bear

Written by Nick Bland

For ages 3 to 6

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This book is best for:
  • action verbs
  • describing
  • descriptive concepts
  • joining in with a group
  • sequencing


When the very sleepy bear gets woken up by some animals making music near his cave, he goes to confront them. But, the friendly animals ask if he wants to join in the music-making fun. Bear tries to find an instrument he can play. He tries jungle drums, a striped guitar, and a trumpet, but it’s a lot trickier than he expected! Luckily, bear persists and he manages to find his musical talent that gets everyone up and dancing!

The Very Noisy Bear is a rhyming book that just begs to be read aloud. It features beautiful descriptive language which makes the story come to life. The clear sequence of events makes this a great choice for targeting young children’s narrative sequencing skills. Children especially love copying the action words. They can have a go at playing the drums; strumming the guitar; blowing the trumpet, and roaring into the microphone.

For further speech and language targets in The Very Noisy Bear, see the list below.

Book Details

Narrative Structure: Reaction Sequence

  • animals
  • bears
  • instruments
  • jungle / forest
  • persistence

Speech and Language Targets

Speech Sounds:
  • /b/ - bear, band, boom, bang, bash, birds, zebra
  • /l/ - lion, little, loud, elephant, violin, smile
  • /l/ blends - sleep, play, claws, blow, fly
  • /m/ - music, more, massive, moose, monkeys, microphone, moon, trumpet, instrument, drum, boom, strum
  • /n/ - noisy, tiny, lion, fun, microphone, moon, violin
  • /r/ - roar
  • /r/ blends - tricky, trumpet, drum, breath, proud, zebra, throat, strum, strong, screech
  • /s/ blends - stay, stool, stampede, sleep, smile, strum, striped, strings, strong, screech, fast, asleep
  • voiced /th/ - the, there, that, they, than, then, another
  • voiceless /th/ - things, with, breath
  • /z/ - music, noisy, ears, excuse, is, drums, claws, guitars, birds
  • conjunctions (and)
  • regular past tense
  • subjective pronouns (you)
  • action verbs (play, strum, hold, blow, dance, sing)
  • labelling
  • describing functions of objects
  • description
  • synonyms - giant, massive
  • descriptive (massive, giant, tiny, long, loud, quiet, curly, strong)
  • initiating conversation
  • joining in
  • negotiating
  • character description
  • setting
  • sequencing
  • dialogue
Rhyme & Sound Awareness:
  • rhyme
Book Info

Published by Scholastic Press in 2015 (ISBN: 9781760279349)

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