Fifteen years ago or so I was teaching the account of Elisha, the youths and the bears with a flannelgraph to a mixed primary kids club.
One of the parents was mortified and didn’t believe the story was in the Bible until she looked it up.
Like Ehud and his sword, these are the sorts of stories that never got mentioned in Sunday School.
I have vague memories of my preaching lecturer, Peter Bloomfield, mentioning this episode with particular relish as well. (And not entirely for biblically theological reasons.)
The song below has a reasonable stab at expanding the biblical-theological significance of the story.
In a very memorable way.
HT: Sorrow Into Joy.