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Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep! Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Cute little tale about a slightly-hard-of-hearing bear who keeps misinterpreting old man wind's suggestion that he go hibernate for the winter, sending him off on all sorts of amusing, and occasionally odd, adventures. (No one thought it strange that a bear decided to show up and clean the house?) The illustrations are quite lovely (and, since I picked this one up in ebook form and we usually read it either on a 7” phone or 10” tablet screen, it's relevant) well-suited to electronic delivery. I'm not sure whether that was a specific idea in the mind of illustrator Will Hillenbrand, but it's certainly appreciated in this camp. My only real criticism is that the book takes its conceit maybe one step too far; the Bean (who's two as I write this) loses steam about four pages before Big Bear finally lies down for a nap. But that is certainly not going to stop me recommending this lovely little tale. *** ½
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My daughter (4)and I really enjoyed this book. She liked the illustrations a lot. The plot was good,too. A little silly which is goodPublished 1 month ago by Michelle Cortez
This book is soooo cute! Perfect reading for my 1st grader. Very cute story, and great artwork.Published 1 month ago by Kristi Bee
Such a cute story! The kids love it - ages 3 & 4. Artwork is great.Published 2 months ago by persnikkety
Pages are somewhat light weight stock, my kids ripped pages out already turning pages to aggressively. The story is okay, not a favorite of the kids.Published 3 months ago by R. Crockett