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Sleepy Bears Paperback – October 1, 2002

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From Publishers Weekly

Mother Bear's six children balk at bedding down for the winter until each cub gets a personalized rhyme. PW said in a starred review, "With its sweetly varied scenarios, this amiable bedtime book offers a little something for everyone." Ages 3-7.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreSchool-Grade 1-A cleverly written bedtime book with very distinct characters, each with its own hibernation-time rhyme. Mother Bear tucks in her six cubs, sending them off on dreamy adventures. Baxter dreams of pirates, Bella of the circus, Winifred of the jungle, Tosca of kingdoms, Ali of divine foods, and Baby Bear of moonbeams. "And all of them slept until spring." The rhymes are well written, and the charming pictures, done in gouache, watercolor, and colored pencil, are full of funny details. When the cubs are in bed waiting to drift off, the room is draped in a yellow hue lit by candle. Dream scenes show distant lands with the youngsters sleeping peacefully in the corners. On the penultimate page, the bears are lined up across the bed in hats or headdresses that represent their particular dreams. A fuzzy, stuffed blue elephant that plays and rests with the bears throughout the book blows out the candle on the final page. A fanciful story that's sure to be popular.
Shelley Woods, Boston Public Library, MA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152165428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152165420
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

MEM FOX is the author of many acclaimed books, including Possum Magic, Koala Lou, Time for Bed, and, for adults, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. She lives in Adelaide, Australia.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Haynes (haynes@primus.com.au) on October 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Beautifully written and richly illustrated, Sleepy Bears is a delight! It's cosy warmth and sleepy themes make it a perfect bedtime companion. Although recommended for the 4-8 age group, my two-year-old boy reaches for it every night. He loves it - so does his Mum!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ann in San Diego on January 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This has become my 4-year-old son's all-time favorite book. It's the last book we read for the night, and as each bear yawns, so does my son! It is a cozy, caring book that makes a child feel warm and secure. You'll find yourself yawning too with each page you turn. The illustrations are beautiful and lend themselves to a child's rich imagination. My son has the story just about committed to memory. I recommend this along with Good Night Moon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lesa Scott on February 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I read this as a naptime story to my two year old nephew who did NOT want to take a nap. He would not lay down on the couch with me, so he sat up next to me and looked at the pictures and listened to me read. I read it in a nice soft voice to go with the story. By the time the third bear fell asleep he was yawning so much that it was all I could do to not start laughing. By the time the fourth bear fell asleep, he kept having to jerk his head up because he was nodding off. By the time the last bear fell asleep, he had fallen over, face first into the book. I had to lift him up and lay him backwards, scared that I was going to wake him up....but he was OUT. And at that point I was ready for a nap myself. I don't know who yawned more....him or me. This was an enchanting book with beautiful illustrations. The perfect bedtime story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "karen23353" on May 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is such a sweet little book, and I have found that it is the ONLY book we own that actually makes my daughter fall alseep DURING her bedtime story! The rhymes are so soft and soothing and she simply cannot keep her eyes open! I she always completely zonks at the end and I end up reading the last page 4-5 more times to insure that she's really out. Please know that my child never falls asleep like this...this book is magic! Oh, and the pictures are beautiful, colorful and interesting. Highly reccomended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa M. Miller on May 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I'm a collector of children's books, and this one of my family's favorites. It is the story of a mother bear telling goodnight rhymes to each of her children before they hibernate for the winter. Each child gets their own rhyme in tune with their personality. The book has a "quiet" tone that is perfect in setting a bedtime mood.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amelia on April 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Sleepy Bears is a predictable story about Mother Bear and her six bear children getting into bed to hibernate for the winter. Mother Bear says goodnight to each of her cubs and suggests what she thinks each of them will dream about.
Kerry Argent has beautifully illustrated the bears so that they look fuzzy enough to touch. The textured artwork of the "real" world is different from that of the dreams. The scenery and objects illustrated in the bear cubs' dreams is flatter looking, with little shading or color gradient.
Argent has included a blue stuffed elephant in each non-dream illustration. It is on the title page, and then is held by one or another of the bear cubs throughout the book until the final page. Once everyone has fallen asleep, the stuffed elephant blows out the candle. This book is a perfect read-before-bed story, with it's peaceful illustrations and repetition of the line "Now who's the sleepiest? Who will be next?"
Mem Fox may be Australian, but, with the exception of one word, the reader would never know this from reading Sleepy Bears. Only the use of the word "ices" to refer to a treat akin to snow cones indicates that the author is not an American.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sherry Ellis VINE VOICE on September 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Sleepy Bears is a lovely tale about a Mother Bear with six bear cubs who aren't so ready to go to sleep. She lulls each to sleep with their own special poem.

Children will enjoy looking at the colorful pictures and may even find themselves yawning as each bear gives a BIG yawn and falls FAAAST asleep.

My daughter loves this book. By the time I'm finished reading it, I have yawned so many times, that even I'm ready for bed!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is my favorite book to read at bedtime with our baby daughter. The story about Mother Bear reading a special rhyme to each of her children is so dreamy. We especially love when you turn the page after each rhyme and each of the bears is drifting off to sleep with a hat from their adventourous dream. The illustrations are fantastic and bring this family of Sleepy Bears to life! It's a wonderful book to have for the whole family to enjoy!!
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