he believes that his sneezes are causing leaves and apples to drop from trees and geese to migrate. The wind tries to convince him otherwise, as she knows she is the real source of these events. Finally, with a deep breath and a whirling, twirling mighty shout, Autumn Breeze shows Big Bear her powers. The large, mixed-media illustrations are lively and appealing, and readers will find humor in the scene in which Big Bear is trying to tack all of the fallen leaves back onto branches. This title will appeal to young children, especially where Big Bear has a fan base. --S Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, PA, School Library Journal
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!
was 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.