Little Lost Bear
(Mama Bear is baking cookies. Father Bear is reading the newspaper. Little Bear is playing with his toy truck.)
Narrator: This is the Bear’s house. Father Bear just came home from work. He is enjoying a quiet time reading the newspaper. Mother Bear is busy baking cookies. Little Bear is getting bored playing alone.)
Little Bear: Mamma Bear, I am going to visit my friend, Mr. Owl.
Mamma Bear: You will need a picnic lunch. I will give you some fresh baked cookies and some milk for your picnic lunch. Take this scarf, Little Bear. It is a little cool today.
Little Bear: Thank you, Mamma Bear.
Father Bear: (Puts his newspaper down and peers over his reading glasses.) Don’t forget to take the path to your right at the berry patch.
Little Bear: I won’t forget, Father Bear. Good-bye Mamma Bear. Good-bye, Father Bear.
(Father Bear and Mamma Bear wave good-bye. Father Bear goes back to reading his newspaper. Mamma Bear cleans up from baking cookies.)
Little Bear: (Walks off stage and goes towards the back of the auditorium -- then he stops.) Oh dear, this is the berry patch, but did Father Bear say take the path to the right or to the left. The path to the left looks so much smoother than the path to the right. He must have told me to take the path to the left..
(Little Bear walks down the aisle and onto the stage. Then he sits under a tree and cries.)
Narrator: Little Bear took the wrong path at the berry patch. Father Bear told Little Bear to take the path to the right. However, Little Bear forgot and took the path to the left. Little Bear has been walking for 30 minutes. To Little Bear it feels as if he has been walking for five hours.
Little Bear: I am so hungry. I think I will eat one cookie and have a drink of milk. I am so tired. I think I will go to sleep.
Narrator: While Little Bear is sleeping he has a dream. In his dream he meets many animal friends from the woods who want to take him to his friend, Mr. Owl. However, they each have their own special way for Little Bear to get to his friend.
Mr. and Mrs. Mouse: (Mr. and Mrs. Mouse skip down the isle and up onto the stage.)
Mr. Mouse: Little Bear, we will take you to Mr. Owl.
Mrs. Mouse: Yes, we will take you to Mr. Owl. But you must skip away with us.
Mr. Mouse: Come Little Bear and skip away to Mr. Owl. Can you skip, Little Bear?
(Mr. and Mrs. Mouse skip off stage and to the back of the auditorium.)
Mrs. Skunk: (Mrs. Skunk enters the stage dressed in a long gown, and is carrying a pretty hat.)
Mrs. Skunk: Little Bear, I will take you to Mr. Owl. But first you must put on this pretty hat. You must pretend that you are a queen for a day. Or maybe you prefer to be a king for a day. That is all right. But can you pretend, Little Bear?
(Mrs. Skunk walks off stage with her pretty hat.)
Mr. Wolf: (Mr. Wolf runs down the isle of the auditorium and onto the stage.)
Mr. Wolf: Little Bear, I can take you to Mr. Owl. But you must be very brave, and you must run very fast. Can you be brave and run fast, Little Bear?
(Mr. Wolf runs off stage and to the back of the auditorium.)
Mr. and Mrs. Rabbit: (Mr. and Mrs. Rabbit enter the stage hopping.)
Mr. Rabbit: Little Bear, we can take you to Mr. Owl. But you must hop away with us. Can you hop, Little Bear?
Mrs. Rabbit: Yes, we will take you to Mr. Owl. But you must dance with me. Can you dance with me, Little Bear?
(Mr. and Mrs. Rabbit exit the stage while hopping and dancing.)
Narrator: Little Bear awakes from his nap. He is afraid that he will never get to his friend, Mr. owl.
Little Bear: Oh dear, what am I going to do? I cannot skip like Mr. and Mrs. Mouse. I cannot pretend to be a king for a day. I am not brave, and I cannot run as fast as Mr. Wolf. I cannot hop and dance like Mr. and Mrs. Rabbit. I will never find my friend, Mr. Owl.
Mr. Owl: (Mr. Owl walks down the isle of the auditorium.)
Mr. Owl: Who…who…who…would like to have a picnic with me today?
Little Bear: Mr. Owl, Mr. Owl, you found me. I would like to have a picnic with you today. Oh dear, I only have one cookie and a little milk. But I will share it with you.
Narrator: Little Bear shared his cookie and milk with his friend, Mr. Owl. Then Mr. Owl took Little Bear home.
Little Bear: (Gives Mother Bear a hug.) I am happy to be home, Mother Bear.
Mother Bear: I am happy that my Little Bear is safe.
Father Bear: Thank you, Mr. Owl, for bringing Little Bear home.
Mr. Owl: You are welcome. We will all have a picnic tomorrow at my house.