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On a cold windy night, an itty-bitty mouse "pitter-pat, tip-toe, creep-crawls" into a sleeping bear's cozy lair, looking for relief from the bitter winter weather. Soon he is joined by a veritable menagerie of woodland animals, and the party begins. Popping corn, brewing tea, tweeting, and chatting, the critters enjoy themselves thoroughly while the bear slumbers through it all. Until, that is, an errant pepper flake from the simmering stew wakes him up with a giant sneeze. As the bear goes from ferocious snarls and rumbles to pitiful whimpers, his uninvited guests realize what the problem is.
You've snuck in my lairNot to worry. Mouse knows just what to do.
and you've all had fun!
But me? I was sleeping
I have had none!
First-time author Karma Wilson and artist Jane Chapman (illustrator of Phyllis Root's One Duck Stuck) have created a charming little tale of sharing and caring that will have readers of all ages cheering at the humorous finale. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The title also serves as the book's refrain: because he's hibernating, the fluffy, snoring Bear remains oblivious as Mouse, Hare, Badger, Mole, Wren and Raven seek refuge in his cave from the blowing snow and frigid temperatures. Working in soft-textured acrylics, Chapman (Happy and Honey) makes both the biting weather and the warm, womb-like shelter of Bear's cave palpable. The once bedraggled animals perk up considerably, and first-time author Wilson describes the ensuing high spirits with a musical flair: "They tweet and they titter./ They chat and they chitter./ But the bear snores on." There's a moment of tension when Bear unexpectedly wakes up and the uninvited guests wonder if they'll be evicted. But Wilson demonstrates how well she knows her audience: the bear only bemoans the fact that he slept through all the fun; the unwitting host proves that he may be the biggest party animal of all. Ages 3-7.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition. See all Editorial Reviews
Every kid should have this book. Great cadence, fun to read, fun to listen to; a bedtime favorite.Published 6 days ago by momof2
I absolutely love this book. I've been reading it to my kids for years and I have often given it as a gift. I have this book completely memorized thanks to it's rhythmic style. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Ivy Oliver
My granddaughter loves the book and I enjoy reading it to her. The pictures are beautiful too.Published 26 days ago by Joyce Howard
Love, love, love this story. We have the board book version which has held up so we'll through the couple hundred or so times we've read this story to my boys over the last 4... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Kelly
This is one of my favorite board books to read to my son. The rhymed stanzas make reading it easier, and the illustrations are very sweet. Read morePublished 1 month ago by HLS
I thought my kids would love it because they like the book going on a bear hunt. But they werent that interested.Published 1 month ago by twin mama