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Author: Bruce Degen | Illustrator: Bruce Degen

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ISBN: 9780694006519

Publisher: Harper Festival

Binding: Board Book

Year Distributed: 2009

Availability: Past Books

Themes/Topics: Friendship, Word Book

Book Acticity

A small boy and a big friendly bear embark on a berry-picking extravaganza, looking for blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries. Their fun adventure comes to a razzamatazz finale under a starberry sky.

Age Group 15 months

What’s Happening at this Age

  • Showing you how much they love reading by carrying books around and handing books to you to read
  • Answering questions by pointing with one finger, like when you ask, “Where is the squirrel?”
  • Recognizing when a book is upside down
  • Beginning to show empathy, like looking sad when viewing a picture of another child crying

Your toddler is able to communicate a great deal with a small but growing vocabulary! Their ability to point at objects to gain your attention is a huge milestone that tells you they’re aware that you have a perspective that’s different from their own. This is called “shared attention” and it’s an important part of communicating and caring for others. Books about friends and family are very interesting to your toddler and talking together about what you’re reading will increase your child’s learning.

Click here to see a full list of milestones for your 15-month-old as well as tips and activities for you and your toddler!

Why did we select this book?

This classic book was chosen for so many reasons. We loved the use of made-up words like "hatberry" and "shoeberry." The book is designed so that you have fun with the sounds of words rather than the words themselves. As many of the Raising Reader selection committee are in the medical profession, we were also pleased that the book celebrates healthy eating. Lastly, we love that each time you open the book, you find a new funny detail in the illustrations. Children will grow with this book and may choose to look at the delightful illustrations on their own.

Book Acticity
Related Activities

When you are at the supermarket or farmer’s market with your child, point out the different berries and ask your child if they remember the berries in the story. With your doctor’s okay, include fresh or frozen berries in your child’s diet and relate them to the book while you’re eating them.


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