Red Sled by Lita Judge
Written & Illustrated by Lita Judge
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
A young child returns home after a day of sledding. She leaves her sled outside where it is found by a curious bear.
The bear takes the sled and, “scrunch scrinch scrunch scrinch” goes to the top of a hill and slides down. Soon he is joined by a rabbit, a moose, a mouse, a pair of raccoons, and a porcupine all piled up on the sled.
Responsibly, the bear returns the sled before the child wakes up the next day. Nonetheless the child realizes something was amiss the night before.
Curious she watches closely from the window the next night to see what might happen. As she does she becomes part of the bear’s and friends late night sledding adventure.