In the deep dark woods lived a great brown bear, he was seven feet tall but the townsfolk didn’t care for although the bear was huge and had fangs and long sharp claws, all the people would make fun of him and point out his big flaw. Have you ever met a bear who had nothing much to say, who couldn’t even growl when he came outside to play? Well, Bob was his name and no matter how he tried, when he opened his big mouth all he managed was a sigh. Now in a nearby village lived a little girl called Sal, she liked the big old bear and they’d grown to be good pals. She was never afraid of Bob for she loved him well and true, she was sure he’d never hurt her, he was gentle through and through. “I going to stop them laughing”, decided Sal one sunny day, “They're no longer making fun of my dear friend that way!” So she came up with a plan that was certain to succeed and when the crowd arrived, she sneaked up into a tree. When poor old Bob stood up tall and he raised his great big paws, showing to all the people he had long and dangerous claws, little Sal gave the loudest roar from the top of her tiny lungs as he opened his enormous mouth showing them fierce looking fangs. The people jumped and screamed and then ran for their dear lives, falling over wooden fences and some buzzing bee hives. The bees came out and cried, “What a terrible thing to do!” and they chased them even further with the threat of a sting or two. Bob and Sal just laughed and laughed as she dropped down from the tree landing right upon his back, how they giggled with such glee. “I bet they'll all be hiding now and wondering with a scowl, where on earth did that silly bear get his loud and fearsome growl?” Sal gave Bob a last big hug and bade her friend goodnight. “Didn't we both give them such a terrible old fright? Lets do it again tomorrow and watch them scream and run from a poor old sighing bear, who is really such good fun”. * Written by Darren Scanlon, 27th May 2014. Revised 1st September 2015. Artwork by Angie Caira. ©2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.