There are so many opportunities for conversation in this book. When the pigs’ houses are broken, does that remind your child of a time when something he had was broken? Do you know anyone that drives a blue truck like the beavers? Are there similarities between your house and the house in the book? You can also make a connection to real Maine animals. All the animals in this book live in Maine, but they do not behave quite like this in real life. The bear going to bed early is an opportunity to talk about real bears going into hibernation. The beavers building the house in the book is an opportunity to talk about how beavers build homes in real life. Look for nonfiction books on these animals in the library. You might even talk about this book when you are outdoors. With some fallen sticks, you could pretend to build a house for Bear, Moose, and the Pigs. Bring along a peanut butter sandwich to thank your builder! Look for the "Beyond Reading Aloud" section in a Raising Readers edition of this book for other read-aloud ideas.