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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.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Lexile Measure: AD790L (What's this?)
  • Series: AWARDS: Young Hoosier Primary Awards 2011-2012
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions; First Edition edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761455604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761455608
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (332 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Deb HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 17, 2010
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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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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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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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Maureen Wright, Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep! (Two Lions, 2009)

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
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Simple story for kids and wonderful illustrations. Always find something new on the pages to entertain. Love the BIG bear!
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Ok my daughter at 9 months old fought sleep like it was attacking her. She would finally pass out from exteme exhaustion and sleep through the night, but getting her to admit she was tired and needed to go to bed before that point wasnt happening. I had tried reading other books to her and she would just run away or slap at them and ignore everything I was saying. I found this book and used my kindle unlimited to try it, figuring hey if I can try it for free I will read almost anything!! She sat still from the second page on, and fell asleep before the end...I was floored! It is a well illustrated book with a cute story. I read it digitally and so its receiving a four star because there is one page that rotates funny, but otherwise I absolutely adore this book! Highly recommend it for those with stubborn kids who are tired of your average every day book.
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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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This is my favorite book to ready to my now three year old at bedtime! It is a fun story to read (with the whispering Old Man Winter and the snoring fumbling bear). It tends to make my J sleepy. The words have a beautiful cadence when read and the illustrations are captivating. We originally bought it as a Kindle book, we now own it in hard back form, and have gifted it to two new babies in our family! Thank you for this beautiful book!
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