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Bears in the Night Hardcover – Illustrated, August 12, 1971


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (August 12, 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394822862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394822860
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

Illus. in full color. The Bears' adventures take them in, out, around, and about. "A good job of combining words and pictures into a slapstick but cohesive story."--School Library Journal.

About the Author

Stan and Jan Berenstain were both born in 1923 in Philadelphia.  They didn't know each other as children, but met later at school, at the Philadelphia College of Art.  They liked each other right away, and found out that the both enjoyed the same kinds of books, plays, music and art.  During World War II, Stan was a medical assistant in the Army, and Jan worked in an airplane factory.  When the war was over, they got married and began to work together as artists and writers, primarily drawing cartoons for popular magazines.  After having their two sons Leo and Michael, the Berenstains decided to write some funny children's books that their children and other children could read and enjoy.  Their first published children's book was called The Big Honey Hunt.  It was about a family of bears, who later became known as the "Berenstain Bears."  


Stan and Jan planned all of their books together. They both wrote the stories and created the pictures.  They continued to live outside of Philadelphia in the country.  There are now over 300 Berenstain Bears books.

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Customer Reviews

The story is fun and the illustrations are adorable.
Leslie Dandelion
There are only a few words per page, with a basic vocabulary, so this one is perfect little-little ones learning to talk as well as for early readers.
Ulyyf
One of my favorite childhood memories is my grandmother reading us this book at bed.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A true Berenstain Bear Classic. Few words for the very young who must turn pages often, but so full of fun.
This story HAS to be read with great drama. Never mind about any "grown-ups" listening who just don't understand. You must whisper as the cubs s-n-e-a-k out of the window, whisper more quietly as they c-r-e-e-p around in the dark. Then ... I won't spoil the surprise!
If you look closely at the Mama Bear at the end, somehow you know by her little smile that she knows what her cubs have been up to!
Great fun for you and your "cubs", no matter how often you read it together. Do not give this book away. Your cubs will have cubs who will love to sneak, creep and dash along with the Bear cubs. And you can have a little smile.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Hauer VINE VOICE on April 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
What a wonderful book for children and how many great memories! I can't even think of the title of this book without a grin plastered to my face. When I was very tiny and first learning to read aloud, I used to read this book to my younger brother. He found it riveting and it quickly became his favorite book and a nightly ritual to "read" the book. Ordinarily, no reading took place because the book was so simple to memorize. I can still recite the entire volume, cover to cover, almost thirty years later!
My brother now has two sons and the first present I bought for them was a spanking new copy of "Bears in the Night." The elder of the two has it commited to memory. Since the younger boy is only six months old, I'll give him a few more months until he has done the same!
Seriously, this book has a simple but attention grabbing plot where the kids are mischevious and sneak out of bed after dark. They go exploring and soon find that scary things lurk in the dark on the top of Spook Hill. Thankfully, they make their way home to safety. Somehow, you know that Mom was completely aware of what they were up to but knowingly let the children learn this lesson for themselves.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I am in my 20's now, but I still have my copy of "Bears in the Night" that was passed on to me from my cousin in the 1970's. That book holds so many great memories for me. My mom and I read it together many, many times and was it especially helpful in teaching sight words. It is funny too, I still laugh everytime I think of the bears sneaking up "Spook Hill"!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is about these twelve little bears heard noises so they just ignored it.Well the second time they heard it the oldest one said to go out so they all did one by one.They went down the tree over the bridge and threw the woods alltogether.Next they climbed the old old spookey tree, they thought the whole time they heard the noises it was something spookey but it turned out just to be a slepping owl just hooing in the wind. So they ran back over the bridge where the water was and climbed back up the tree and in the window ,got under the covers and went to bed ssssshhhhhh.!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B.C.M. on April 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Every person has a favorite. Every author has a one that sells better than the rest. But "Bears in the Night" does something even more special - it is a book that people *love* unlike any other. Readers of all ages are drawn to its simple text; millions can recite them almost word for word... "down the tree ... over the bridge ..." Combined with brilliant illustrations so distinctive of the early days of the Berenstain Bears, a beautiful marriage of words and pictures becomes a work of art. "Bears in the Night" is a book for bedtime, story time, any time. It is a book for Halloween, a book for camp. It is a book for all places and all people and all times. Call me sentimental, but a hundred years from now, "Bears in the Night" will remain. It may not sell as many copies as "The Cat in the Hat" or teach a lesson like "The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room," but it will always have worn corners... it will always cause a child's jaw to drop or eyes to widen... it will always hold a place in people's hearts... and as a result, Spook Hill and the safety of that tree house deep in Bear Country will be more than places on paper, but dreams and fantasies and real living places inside the minds and hearts of every person who reads this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 1999
Format: Library Binding
I loved this book as a kid. I am now 30. This was such afavorite with me as a child that my father still has much of this bookmemorized. Now I read it to my own child.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ...Loggie... on June 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
In this story a group of 7 little bears creep out of bed and out of their house to go adventuring during the night. Their adventures take them all the way "Out the window. Down the tree. Over the wall. Under the bridge. Around the lake. Between the rocks. Up Spook Hill." On Spook Hill they meet with a creature that sends them all clamoring back to their safe bed; an owl.
The pictures are done mostly in shades of blue, in order to make it look like nighttime. I think they do a wonderful job of conveying the mood- the lantern gives off yellow light and adds a neat effect.
The story is told in a very, very simple way. It is told entirely in short, three word sentences, which fit the sneaky mood of the bears perfectly. The lack of elaboration draws the eye to the drawings to look for explanation there. This works amazingly well, and makes for a fun, concise book.
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