Reading Comprehension - Literature: "Little Bear and the Lost Otter Baby"

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Little Bear's and Friend's Summer Trip is a delightful adventure that celebrates friendship. The story provides an understanding that being different is acceptable. Throughout the story friendships grow between animals that usually do not coincide. In the end, the young animals realize their mother's love and how important it is to be with the ones that love you.
1. Little Bear and the Lost Otter Baby
i by Frances M argaret Fox
One morning, while Little Bear was out “Come, come, cheer up!” said Little
camping with his father and mother, he went Bear, using the very words his father often
into the woods to pick daisies and bluebells used when speaking to him. “I tell you I will
with which to decorate the entrance to their take you home, and if it is too far away I’ll
cave. His hands were full of flowers, and he ask my father to go. We are camping out,
was ready to go back with them to his moth- ourselves, down the river a little way. Now
er, when he heard a baby crying. Little Bear tell me how you happened to get lost.”
stood still and listened. Then he knew that So the Otter baby told him that the
the child who was crying was an Otter baby. Otter family had gone out together after
He had heard Otter babies cry before. breakfast that morning, and that while they
“What is the matter, baby one?” called were laughing and chatting Baby Otter had
Little Bear. “What are you crying about and strayed away from the path to pick flowers.
where are you? Did you bump your nose?” The next thing that he knew he had been
“I am lost! Come and find me!” an- alone, and, not knowing what else to do, he
swered Baby Otter. had sat down and cried.
“You are hiding behind the oak stump!” “Well, wipe your eyes now, and give me
exclaimed Little Bear, as he scrambled your paw!” said Little Bear in big, grown-
through the thicket and fairly pounced upon up tones. “My father showed me your camp
Baby Otter. “I spy!” he shouted. only yesterday, and, if you are one of the
“It isn’t a game!” wailed the Otter baby. campers, you live only a little way from here
“I tell you I am lost! I don’t know where my and I can take you home.”
mother went and I can’t find my father! I Of course Baby Otter wiped his eyes
want to go home. Oh, boo-hoo-hoo!” and walked happily behind Little Bear. He
“There, there, don’t cry!” said Little Bear. wished to travel in single file, Otter fashion.
“Tell me where your camp is, and I will take It happened that Father Bear had been
you home just as fast as we can go.” teaching Little Bear how to follow the woods
“But we do not live here!” complained trails, and Little Bear knew the Otters’ path,
the lost baby. “Our home is Brookside, a because they always went round stumps and
long way off across country, and we are only under logs; besides, their legs were short and
camping out, and I do not know where our their bodies so heavy they left well-worn
camp is! Boo-hoo-hoo-hoo!” trails behind them.
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2. Little Bear and the Lost Otter Baby by Frances Margaret Fox
At last Little Bear reached the end of the Mother Bear thought that the Otters chose
crooked path, and Baby Otter, without so only one dainty morsel from each fish just
much as saying “Thank you!” to Little Bear, because they had invited company for din-
ran to the cave by the river bank where his ner. But Father Bear told her afterward that
family was camping out. she was mistaken; Otters always serve fish in
“Some people always forget their man- that way when fish are plentiful.
ners,” said Little Bear to himself, as he ran After dinner the Otters and their guests
home to tell his father and mother what he rested for a while, and then Father Otter
had done. urged the children to come out and play
“I am glad you were good to the baby,” with him and with Mother Otter. Much
said Little Bear’s mother, as she took the surprised, the Three Bears followed the Ot-
bluebells and daisies that he had brought and ters to their playground. And the next Father
put them into a hollow stump beside the cave Bear and Mother Bear knew, Little Bear was
door. She had filled the stump with water sliding down the Otters’ toboggan slide and
from the spring while Little Bear was gone. shouting with glee. All the Otters went down
“The flowers are lovely!” said Mother that slide, one behind the other, and landed
Bear. “Now please run into the woods for splashety-splash! in the river below.
some green leaves and vines to put with It was a wonderful sight to see the Otters
them, Little Bear.” swimming about in the stream, because they
Before he could do as she told him, are beautiful swimmers. But what Father and
Uncle John Kingfisher came flying to invite Mother Bear liked best was the picture of
the Three Bears to a party. “The Otters,” said Little Bear running up the roundabout path
he, “request your presence at a fish dinner. to the top of the bank and going down the
Come now.” slide three times as fast as the Otter children
“We thank you, Uncle John Kingfisher,” and their parents. The Otters were more at
said Father Bear. “We will start at once. home in the water than Little Bear was, but
Come, Little Bear, wash your hands and face they could not run on land as he could.
and get ready.” Their next game they played with sticks.
That is how it came about that the Three One Otter took the end of a stick in his
Bears dined with the Otters that day, on mouth and another Otter took the other end,
trout, salmon, and eels, and were served with and then they pulled and pulled to see which
only one bite from each fish, and that bite was the stronger. Little Bear did not like that
taken from the meat just behind the head. game so well as he did the toboggan slide.
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3. Little Bear and the Lost Otter Baby by Frances Margaret Fox
“We have had a delightful time at your
party,” said Mother Bear to Mother Otter, at
last, “and we thank you for inviting us over.
If you ever wander into our home
woods, come to our little house
and have porridge with
“We shall be
glad to do so,”
said Mother
Otter, “and we
shall always think
kindly of Little
Bear because he
brought our baby
home when he
was lost. If we do
go to visit you,
you must let us
make Little Bear
a toboggan slide.”
“Ask them
to come as soon
as we get home!”
urged Little Bear in a
whisper to his mother
so loud that the Otter chil-
dren heard it, and laughed.
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