written by Kay Winters; illustrated by Katherine Kirkland
2013 (Albert Whitman)
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher
Pete and Gabby are two bears who love to explore. They have a nose for adventure and trouble. Bored with an empty campground, these curious cubs head to town and come upon a red building where kids are entering. After saluting the flag outside the school, Pete and Gabby wander into the music room. Percussion is their instrument of choice and they play with drums, cymbals, and tambourines. The art room is the next stop with paw painting on the walls. Even harder to resist is a climbing wall in the gym. Gabby climbs one rung higher than Pete. All of these subjects are fun for these unkempt ursines, but by far their favorite school item is the salad bar in the cafeteria. Vegetables and salad bowls go crashing to the floor. It's this last bit of fun that gets the park ranger and other officials racing to the school. The day of fun ends with a backseat ride in a police car complete with a siren and flashing light.
Pete and Gabby are two lovable characters that connect with young readers. My students really enjoyed this book and the previous chapter book featuring these two characters. Lessons on problem/solution and character traits could be developed for this story. Your students will enjoy the hijinks of Pete and Gabby.