Excerpts for Grin and Bear It

Bear had a dream. His dream was to make his friends laugh. He wanted to tell his jokes on Woodland Stage on a Saturday night. He imagined what his friends would say. "You’re so funny, Bear," Fawn would call.
"Great jokes!" Chuck would shout.
"Who knew our friend Bear was such a
comedian?" Bandit would ask. Bear had a problem, though. Whenever he spoke in front of a crowd, he got nervous. His knees knocked. His paws paused. His fur froze. He stuttered and could barely speak.