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Bear Is Not Tired Hardcover – January 12, 2016
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PreS-Gr 1—In Room For Bear (Knopf, 2015), Gavin introduced Bear into the duck family, where they are now all living quite happily. So happily, in fact, that Bear does not want to hibernate and miss all the fun the rest of his family will be having. Therefore, he decides to stay awake. He has his winter clothes all ready, and he's not the least bit sleepy. Despite his best efforts and those of his siblings, Bear begins to fall asleep at the most inconvenient times—while playing tennis, eating, boating, washing clothes, etc. Mama Duck finally explains that you can't fight who you are and sends Bear off to sleep with the promise that he won't miss a thing. When Bear awakes in the spring, she produces a photo album showing how he was included all winter long. Gavin's sweet and amusing illustrations of ducks and Bear are just as endearing in this story as in the first book. The warm watercolor and pencil depictions are matched with simple, uncluttered text. The end page shows charming "photos" of how Bear was included in the family all winter long. This is a good choice for storytime and individual sharing that pairs well with Monica Carnesi's Sleepover with Beatrice & Bear (Dial, 2014) and Michelle Meadows's Hibernation Station (S. & S., 2010). VERDICT A gentle story about being true to yourself and the love of family.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
About the Author
Ciara Gavin graduated from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland. Her work appears in the National Museum of Decorative Arts and History there and has been exhibited at galleries throughout Ireland. She lives in Dublin with her son.
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In this story Bear and the Duck family live together as one happy family, doing lots of things together. As winter approached the ducks went along with most of their normal activities, while Bear grew sleepy because bears sleep the winter away. Not wanting to miss anything Bear tried to remain awake but, kept dozing off. Mama duck assured Bear that he wouldn't miss much and so he reluctantly agrees to go to sleep. The rest of the family stays close by while he sleeps away the winter. When spring arrives Bear awakes well rested and the ducks show him of photo album of what they did while he slept the winter away.
The illustrations are so soft looking and lovely and Bear is very cuddly looking. It was nice to read a story that celebrates differences and takes a look at blended families in the animal kingdom.
Bear and the Duck family live happily together. They do everything from eat, dance, and swim together. One day though, Bear notices a chill in the air. Winter is coming and Bear really should be hibernating. Not wanting to miss out on all the fun, though, he decides this year will be different. This year he'll stay up all winter. Eventually, however, his bear instincts catch up to him and he ends up going to sleep after all- but somehow doesn't end up missing out on anything!
This book was pretty good. It was cute, but I don't see it becoming a top 10 in our house. For a book to get a full 5 stars, I usually look for some kind of great lesson or educational aspect or humor that appeals to both kids and adults.