"But do you know of Max the bear
Who lived up in a tree?
Now, even for a bear, that is
A funny place to be.

No one could find out why it was
That Max lived up so high,
For when they asked, he simply shrugged,
And pointed at the sky."


The Bear and the Sky: Max the Bear lives up in a tree, "which, even for a bear, is a funny place to be," and spends his time up there just lying on a branch and gazing at the sky. In time the other animals get upset with Max, suspect he thinks he's above them all, and decide to order him to come down or else. But when they challenge Max face to face, on the ground, they still haven't figured out what the second option they'll give him is. This poem tells how that confrontation turns out.

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