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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker & Company (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406332011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406332018
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 0.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,916,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Young children will easily associate with the pretend game that three little bears play. When their mother comes outside, the snow-covered cubs tell her that they are "snow bears," and she asks where her babies are. "I don't know where we are," says the biggest one. "We aren't here, Mummy Bear," says the littlest one. So, she frolics with them instead. Eventually, the smallest one gets cold and they all go inside for hot toast, where their covering melts and they reveal that they were just pretending. The story is slight and not particularly original, but youngsters are likely to enjoy the repeated refrain about not having seen Mummy's bears, and the very predictability of the text is reassuring. The color illustrations are pleasant, with large, realistically drawn bears, making the fact that they live in a house rather than in a cave seem somewhat incongruous. However, their activities work equally well for bears or preschoolers, and the large, fuzzy creatures on the snowy background are appealing. This title does not live up to the caliber of the author's Owl Babies or Can't You Sleep Little Bear (both Candlewick, 1992), but the target audience is likely to find it engaging.
Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

PreS-Gr. 2. The author and the illustrator both indulge in a bit of feigned foolery in this cozy wintertime tale. A mother bear pretends not to recognize her three snow-covered cubs when she comes out to join their play, and they gleefully go along with the game. At last, at the littlest's request, the bears return home--not to a cave, but to a log cabin where they dry off before a fire and warm their bellies with toast. Waddell uses repetition to give the episode a comfortably predictable cast, and except for their slight smiles, the bears in snowy woodland scenes are drawn with shaggy, winning realism. Parental bears and their own little cubs will enjoy sharing this romp. John Peters
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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My son loves this story - it's a bedtime favorite.
sunny swimmer
I would recommend this book for children aged 3-6, and their parents.
Ruth.J. Wolff
They are written with such a calm cadence and a wink of humor.
Bargain Bethli

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
Fine watercolour & pencil detail, illuminated snowy landscapes and delightfully drawn bears embellish the pages of this endearing storybook.

Simply worded for pre-schoolers to relate to, the three bears play a pretend game with their mommy bear which will delight and enchant the young reader.

Divine illustrations and realistically styled bears from mother to the three children go zooming through the snow, play at snowballs, and climb wonderful pine trees before returning to the warm log cabin and hot fire for delicious toast.

The repetition within the text, and warmly human actions of the bears is sure to enchant & intrigue, whilst the chore of bedtime stories is lessened for you the reader by the pleasurable sweetness of the illustrations.

A great favorite.

kotori ojadis@yahoo.com
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By sunny swimmer on October 18, 2009
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This is the 7th book by this author that we have purchased for our toddler and he loves them all. This is a sweet story about 3 little bears who play in the snow with their mother; they pretend to be "snow bears" and not her three little bears. That is until the littlest one is too cold to play anymore and it is time for them all to head home for nice toast by the fire with their mother. My son loves this story - it's a bedtime favorite.
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Format: Hardcover
I bought this for Christmas for my 5 year old son. This book has become our favorite bed time story. The story is so real, it has games that we can play. The characters come alive and its an easy read. And of course, we have "hot toast by the fire" just like the snow bears. I am ordering other books by Waddell to help my son learn to read.
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By Bargain Bethli on January 7, 2009
Format: Library Binding Verified Purchase
I love all of Martin's books. They are written with such a calm cadence and a wink of humor. His books were the perfect bedtime story for my youngest child. I have them all and recommended that our local library purchase the ones they were missing. These are keepers. I will save them for my grandchildren.
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More About the Author

Martin Waddell is the Hans Christian Andersen Medal winner 2004 and two-time Smarties Prize winner. Among his many books for children are the Little Bear and Farmer Duck series. Martin lives in Newcastle in County Down.

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