Green Frog croaking in the pond. Old Black Cricket singing outside his window. And Yellow Moon himself
bathing his room in soft light.
Cups and saucers, spoons, and plates!
Today I'll buy my roller skates!
he sings while helping his mother set the table for breakfast. The day is Mother Bear's birthday, a fact which I imagine rolls around like spare change inside Bear's head as he empties his bank and pockets the coins. "There are just enough to buy my roller skates," he says to himself.
Down the walk and through the gate
Twill be great fun to roller-skate!
On his way to the store, Little Brown Bear stops and sits down on a flat stone to think. He remembers his mother's birthday. He must choose. By a gift for his mother? Or buy his roller skates. With money that is rightfully his.
What choice he makes, I'm sure you can guess. It's that sort of book.
Are you now not enchanted with sweet Little Brown Bear?
If so, I'm afraid I've got a bit of bad news for you. The Little Brown Bear stories have sadly gone out of print. But I managed to locate a few moderately priced copies here and there at various independent book collecting sites. I've added a few links. But because inventory changes with each book catalogued, each book sold, I've not linked directly to the book, but to the site.