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Baby Bear Eats the Night Hardcover – April 1, 2012
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About the Author
As a school counselor and child therapist, Anthony has seen children overcome incredible life challenges through creative solutions. He believes that both children and grown-ups have the ability to rise above almost anything.
As a writer, Anthony is inspired by his students at work, his friends and family at home, and this big, amazing world.
Anthony is married to Liz, the father of Ella and Cora, and has a dog named Sibly.
Illustrator Bonnie Leick received her BFA in Film/Character animation from the California Institute of Art and Design. She has worked on several books and animated projects for children.
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Liz, his wife, is very patient. There are many times where she will find Anthony outside looking at clouds, daydreaming rather than mowing the lawn. He calls this "research." She calls this "frustrating."
Once a year, Anthony grows a mustache.
Top Customer Reviews
The story itself is entirely innocuous. I know that it is currently difficult to find children's books without an "agenda" afoot. (This is fine concerning texts for older children, but seems ill-suited for young ones). No worries ... this story is exactly as adorable as it seems.
Do not hesitate to add this book to your child's library. It is beautiful and entirely family oriented. Lovely!
My one real quibble with the story is in the point where Baby Bear apologizes for being afraid. This took me a bit aback and is not a concept that I want to introduce to any children, who need to understand that fear is not only normal (and not a shameful thing), but actually USEFUL if properly managed. Fear is our way of telling ourselves to be careful, and while we need to learn to conquer fear when investigation shows that a situation is not dangerous, we don't want to demonize it altogether.
I note that another reviewer (G. Dawson) expressed some concerns that this book might introduce the fear of the dark to a child who didn't previously have it. This isn't an experience we shared, but I thought it was a good enough point to mention it here. This book is probably best for those who are already scared of the dark, or who are old enough to at least know that some children are.
The illustrations are really lovely. Baby Bear is very relatable and cuddly, and there are many elements to explore in almost every picture.
The illustrations by Bonnie Leick as nicely done, and they evoke the sense that the night is a blanket covering the forest. My preschool-age children love looking through the pictures to find all of the small spiders, snails, and berries hiding in the details of the book. They also love the idea that the night can be something comforting and helpful.
I have really enjoyed reading this book with my children. It is a great way to help children gain a different perspective on darkness and a cute story as well. I am very happy to have added this to our library.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Baby Bear Eats the Night is a cute story about a cub who is scared of the dark. The inventive cub comes up with a plan to take away the Night but learns the Night is good and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by theUncraftyMama
My 4 and 6 year old loved it. Introduces young children to some animals that need nighttime. :) All while sharing that there's nothing to be afraid of.Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
What a beautifully written, original script. My 4 year old couldn't get enough of this book.Published 7 months ago by Abby Dee
Really wonderful story both my children 3 & 5 love reading it.Published 10 months ago by PFITZBAILEY
My great granddaughter is to young for the story but LOVES the bear and the illustrationsPublished 11 months ago by Donna J. Kingsbury
This is a perfect book for my niece. I hope she likes it when I read it for her.Published 11 months ago by Nikolay Estrada
My 2 year old loved this story...the idea of actually grabbing hold and eating the night sky captivated her imagination and it was fun to watch her reaction as we read together...Published 11 months ago by J. Reed
This is a nice baby book. Its such fun to read to my baby. Great illustrations too.Published 12 months ago by Amazon shopper
A really sweet story about a little bear who is afraid of the dark. He believes he can solve this problem by eating the night. Both of my boys really like this story. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amanda B