Two little bears peeped out of their cave. Winter was over and they could smell the fresh spring air. It was time to get up and play after their long sleep.
“Let’s run under the trees,” said Ben.
“I want to roll in the grass,” said Bessie.
“We’d better ask mum,” said the bears together.
Ben and Bessie went into the cave where they had slept with their mum. There she was in the far corner. Mother bear was still fast asleep.
The two little bears tiptoed over to their mum and shook her gently.
“Wake up mum. The snow has melted and it is time to play,” said Ben.
Mother bear did not even move. She grunted and rolled over to carry on sleeping.
“What can we do?” asked Bessie. “We need our mother to wake up and take us into the forest to have some fun.”
The two little bears sat outside the cave and tried to think of a way to wake up their mum.
“I know, let’s get some tickly spiders and see if they will wake up our mother,” said Ben.
The two bears went to find some tickly spiders. Bessie was feeling a bit scared of the spiders but Ben collected them on a big leaf. He took them to where his mum was lying.
The spiders walked off the leaf and across mother bear’s back. Mother bear giggled in her sleep, but she did not wake up.
“I think we should ask a noisy cuckoo,” said Bessie.
The bears went out to the trees near the cave. Sitting in the tree was a cuckoo.
“Cuckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo,” sang the bird.
The two bears asked the cuckoo to follow them back to the cave and call out to their mom.
“Cuckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo,” sang the bird but mom just rolled over and carried on sleeping.
The two little bears did not know what to do. They had tried tickling, making a loud noise and calling out to mum.
“I know,” said Ben. “What about something she likes to eat?”
“Honey!” said the bears together.
Off they ran to a beehive. They talked politely to the bees and the bees gave them some honey. They ran back to the cave and tiptoed in to see if their mum would smell the honey.
Mum’s big brown bear nose began to twitch. Then her nose began to wiggle and she opened one eye. The baby bears took a few steps backwards.
Mother bear opened both her eyes and blinked. The baby bears took a few more steps back. Now they were up at the opening of the cave. Mother bear sat up and gave a big sniff.
“I smell honey,” she said.
Mother bear was awake at last. Ben and Bessie were so happy.
The little bears took a few more steps out of the cave and happily mother bear followed them. At last they had found the best way to wake up mum!
Three happy bears skipped into the forest to enjoy the spring and have fun together.