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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Things You Learn From Children's Books #3 (The Big Hungry Bear)

Synopsis: The book is actually called "The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and The Big Hungry Bear". The narrator of the book (who isn't mentioned by name) sees a little mouse picking a strawberry and procedes to scare the crap out of him by telling him that a big hungry bear is coming to eat it and there is no place where it can be kept safe. The subtext is that there really is no hungry bear but the mouse doesn't know that.


  • (the bear will find the strawberry) No matter where it is hidden or who is guarding it or how it is disguised.
Climax: The only way to save the strawberry is to cut it in half and share half with me (the narrator).

Lesson: Grifting works!

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