A grumpy bear was half
asleep and lay down on the grass.
“I can’t make it to my cave, but I’m glad summer has passed.”
He opened his eyes and looked up in the air and saw a red-leafed tree.
“I should be able to sleep right here, if others stay away from me.”
He yawned and stretched and curled in a ball, “This will do just fine.”
Soon he was snoring and blowing leaves in a rhythm, keeping time.”
A rabbit and his friends passed by and saw the sleeping bear.
“What’s he doing out here on the grass breathing this autumn air?”
A mouse poked the bear and it didn’t move so he climbed up on his ear.
“Come on up,” he called to the rest. “There’s nothing much to fear.”
They played on the bear, running up and down its back and pulling its
thick brown fur;
Jumping and swinging and stomping on its paws and still nothing did occur.
A bird flew by and joined in the fun; soon others in the forest did too,
But suddenly the big brown bear sneezed a loud achoooooo!
The animals scattered and hid in the trees and saw the bear open its eyes.
It looked all around and saw the red leaves and looked quite surprised.
“I’d better get to my cave while I can. Soon the snow will fall and I’ll
Up he stood, then growled and groaned and stomped away brave and bold.
One by one the animals appeared, “He’s spoiled all our fun!”
The rabbit had a brilliant idea. “Let’s look for another one.”
They ran through the forest and they ran up the hills but there was
nothing that they saw,
So they went their own ways and laughed each time they thought of the
bear’s furry paw.