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Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep! [Kindle Edition]

Maureen Wright , Will Hillenbrand , Will Hillenbrand
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It's time for Big Bear to hibernate, so Old Man Winter keeps telling him: "Sleep, Big Bear, sleep." But Big Bear doesn't hear very well. He thinks Old Man Winter has told him to drive a jeep, to sweep, and to leap. Big Bear just can't seem to hear what Old Man Winter is saying. Finally, Old Man Winter finds a noisy way to get Big Bear's attention. Cozy illustrations rendered in pencil and mixed media by Will Hillenbrand bring this bedtime story to a fitting conclusion.


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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1—It is getting cold and time for hibernation, so Old Man Winter says, "'Sleep, Big Bear, sleep.'/But Big Bear didn't hear very well…." Instead he mishears Old Man Winter and, in attempting to follow his directions, drives a jeep, sweeps a house, climbs a steep mountain, etc. Ultimately, Old Man Winter yells loudly enough for Big Bear to understand him, and the bear heads off to his den for a much-deserved rest. The text moves at a steady clip, and the refrain will encourage child participation. The fact that "sleep" seems unlikely to be mistaken for "climb a mountain steep" or "drive a jeep" probably won't bother the intended audience. The story reads aloud well, and the limited text and oversize illustrations will be effective in storytime. The artwork is the real star here, though. Hillenbrand imbues his characters with motion and personality; their growing exhaustion is evident in their drooping eyes, ears, and body, and their startled expressions when Old Man Winter yells could not be clearer. An above-average addition for libraries looking for more bear, hibernation, or winter stories to freshen up interactive storytimes.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT END

About the Author

Author Maureen Wright and her husband, Don, have three sons and a daughter-in-law. Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep! is Maureen's first picture book. Maureen and her family live in Athens, Pennsylvania, where bears occasionally lumber across their property. Maureen's second children's book is Sneezy the Snowman. A sequel to the Big Bear Book, Sneeze, Big Bear, Sneeze! will be released in the fall of 2011. Look for Earth Day, Birthday!  to come out in the spring of 2012.

Will Hillenbrand has illustrated many beloved picture books, including Kiss the Cow by Phyllis Root; Smash! Mash! Crash! There Goes the Trash! by Barbara Odanka; and What a Treasure! by Jane Hillenbrand. He also wrote and illustrated another Christmas story, Asleep in the Stable. Will enjoys visiting classrooms to talk about the creative process involved in making a picture book. He lives with his wife, Jane, and their son, Ian, in Terrace Park, Ohio.


Product Details

  • File Size: 9964 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (April 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TXV6CC
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,966 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Old Man Winter was up in the cloudy sky puffing up his big cheeks to puff a breeze down toward the earth to tell the brown bear, "Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep." Well, the bear was reaching for a bee's nest in a leafless tree as the other critters of the forest looked at him. Of course the bear didn't hear very well and thought Old Man winter was telling him something about driving a jeep. He put his paw to his chin and looked a bit perplexed as he glanced over at a campground. There was a jeep and as soon as he hopped in it . . . well, let's just say you've never seen campers run so fast. Even the raccoons, who were stealing bread, didn't hang around long.

Old Man Winter tried again, saying, "Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep." Gee, now the old man wanted him to sweep so Bear headed for a cottage to do just that. When everything was neat as a pin, Bear heard that voice again, but this time he thought it was saying, "Leap, Big Bear, leap." "So big Bear found a frog he knew / and played leapfrog while the cold wind blew- / till all at once he fell to the ground. / The wind through the trees was the only sound, / and Old Man Winter said with a frown, / `Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep.'" And so he glanced over the moonlit pond at the moose and a frog and a rabbit stood by his side. Dive deep it was. Was Bear ever going to understand just what Old Man Winter was trying to tell him?

This big old hard of hearing Bear will tickle the funny bones of young and old alike. From the first page to the last everyone will be smiling at the antics of this big goofy bear who misinterprets what Old Man Winter is trying to tell him. The gorgeous artwork captures the slightly daffy, mystified look on Bear's face perfectly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book April 21, 2010
By Lientje
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am really pleased with this book. I collect children's illustrated books and sometimes you just keep seeing the same thing
over and over. The title sort of turned me off because it is too much like the hundreds of other bear books, but I checked it
out at the local library before buying, and I loved it. Hillenbrand is a great illustrator and I liked the fact that this
story is told not only in rhyme but in a comfortable, easy-flowing rhyme.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story not great on kindle December 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The story is well done, however the implementation is poor on kindle. You are forced to read in landscape and the text is quite small. You can zoom the text but that is cumbersome for what value it provides. Also at one point the pictures change to portrait requiring you to again turn your device. Unfortunately the navigation still makes you change pages like in landscape...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the bear and bunny September 4, 2009
Format:Hardcover
Simple story for kids and wonderful illustrations. Always find something new on the pages to entertain. Love the BIG bear!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very cute book December 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great illustrations. Wonderful story. Was a little disappointed on how small the lettering was in the book on the Kindle. You can zoom in but that feature is slightly awkward to use.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Bear is a treat for preschoolers September 19, 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I ordered "Sleep Big Bear, Sleep" for my preschool class of 3 and 4 year olds. Big Bear is a Big Hit! The kids laugh every time Big Bear "drives his jeep" and are fascinated by the beautiful image of him "diving deep". It's a sweet story---funny and endearing. Our kids like to hear the story's rhyming tempo over and over. The illustrations couldn't be better. Big Bear is everyone's best buddy. What a relief when he finally gets some well earned rest!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The rhythm and flow makes this story a joy to read. The bear's poor hearing makes a funny situations, all of which are beautifully illustrated. My favorite one was on the top of the mountain it really made me cold looking at it (and we're in the middle of a summer heat wave). I'm sure this will be one of my all time favorite books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it January 13, 2013
By Reader
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Great story, was enjoyed by all. Only complaint was small writing was a little hard to read on some pages.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome story
Great relaxing bed time story. My 3 year old son and I enjoy it weekly. The pictures are beautiful! highly recommended
Published 5 days ago by JK's mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Love this book! Sweet story, I wanted to read it with my students because there are students who wear hearing aids.
Published 12 days ago by Melissa A Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a cute book!
It's about a bear that doesn't hear well even though nature is whispering to him to go to sleep. He ends up doing silly ins that rhyme with sleep. Great rhymes in this book. Read more
Published 13 days ago by J. Berger
5.0 out of 5 stars My 4 year old loves it
The art is wonderful and the story is cute. Some of the rhymes are stretching it a bit, but my 4 year old loves it.
Published 25 days ago by Thomas Christopher Gilbar
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable
I loved this book. It was perfect to get my little nephew to sleep. However, sometimes I had to read it a few times over ;-)
Published 29 days ago by Myrna Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute and simple story for bedtime
Very simple story that's both entertaining to younger children, 5 years and less, as well as older children practicing their rhyming words, 6 years and up.
Published 1 month ago by cassandra
3.0 out of 5 stars Not all pages dispay properly on Kindle
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Published 1 month ago by Robert J. Paulsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep
This is a great read for young readers. The bears confusion with what he thinks the wind is telling him makes for a hilarious storyline.
Published 1 month ago by Belizian traveler
5.0 out of 5 stars So sweet!
This was such a cute bedtime story. My children loved it and I had fun reading it to them. The illustrations are beautifully done!
Published 1 month ago by Tara Sanderson
5.0 out of 5 stars So Cute
Loved reading this to my three year old. Cute pictures! Would buy this as a gift to give. My son liked it.
Published 1 month ago by sandra powers
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