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Don't Wake Up the Bear! Hardcover – February 1, 2003


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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-On a winter's eve, as a bear sleeps in his cozy cave, a cold-eared hare creeps in to snuggle in his soft fur. Several animals join her to warm up various extremities. Each time she warns, "-don't wake up the bear!" A mouse is the last to arrive, curling up in his ear. However she develops the sniffles and lets loose a loud sneeze. The lumbering creature wakes up and growls and the animals scatter. The bear merely trudges off and snacks on some berries. Murray's tale is written in clear language and repetitive refrains. Wittmann's large watercolors adeptly depict the frigid landscape as oversized snowflakes float in and around the text. The animals are naturalistically rendered and have slightly humanized facial expressions. While this story is not highly original, its reassuringly predictable suspense and satisfying ending make for a fun winter read-aloud.
Rachel G. Payne, New York Public Library
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Author Marjorie Dennis Murray is a nursery school teacher and the author of three books for children, including Little Wolf and the Moon and The Stars Are Waiting. She lives in Regent Square, Pennsylvania, with her husband and daughter.

Illustrator Patricia Wittmann is both an artist and writer. Her books include Go Ask Giorgio and Scrabble Creek. Her illustrations also appeared in Clever Gretchen by John Warren Stewig and were described by reviewers as "soft-edged, sunny watercolors full of winsome detail" (Kirkus Reviews). Ms. Wittmann lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2nd
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (February 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761451072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761451075
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 10.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,608,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A great book to read with children.
Anna
The language is simple and some of the lines repeat, so he can "read" along with me.
Maria A. Walton
My 2 and 4 year olds loved this book.
maria Valenzuela

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laura Madsen on September 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
One of my favorite children's books; I don't mind reading it over and over. Kids like the repeating lines, and I like the illustrations.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Furnaros on February 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My son who is 4 talked about this book nonstop since they have it at preschool. He literally memorized it. I purchased it for him at Christmas and had to purchase a second one for his school since they read it so much that it was stapled and taped together. Wonderful!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By roxanne simoneau on January 19, 2013
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The 1st time I read this to my 2yr grandson it kept his attention from beginning to end. He was even whispering to not wake up the bear!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By snoopy on May 14, 2013
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My granddaughter loved the book. She is two and able to sit through this book when she was unable to sit through the Mitten book. Would highly recommend this book, illustrations are very good also.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Esther Horn on March 12, 2014
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My 4-year-old gets a kick out of this book and all the creatures crawling in to sleep with the bear. Look out though, you are bound to get whispers and sneezes in your ear after you read it with a little one. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LHH on March 9, 2014
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My grandson continued to request this book over and over, repeating the line "Don't wake up the bear". May need to get the actual book so that he can read it when my Kindle is not available.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 18, 2013
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My young preschoolers really enjoyed this book and the pictures are very detailed. My children not only learned about hibernation, but they also learned about other forest animals.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joan Kosto on November 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
I read this book to my preschoolers with disabilities every year. We have found stuffed animals to match each character,the kids act out the story with the animals as the tape rolls along. They love it and ask for it over and over again!
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