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Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep! Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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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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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
Big bear doesn’t hear very well and each time instead of going to sleep like he should have during winter time, he thinks he is being sent to another mission and to another mission each time, again and again…instead of making his own judgment and stop to think what he should really do, or ask, he just follows the orders blindly. it is only after he exhaust himself so much, that he suddenly hear what he should have done long time ago-which is going to sleep.
I think this book is about not being afraid to question anything or everyone, even if it is “old man winter”! it is about trusting yourself and your own judgment, and I think kids could relate to it because they tend to question their parents all the time, like they should.
The reason I like the character of big bear so much, is that he is very human, he is lovable, funny, very trusting and total to his mission, he doesn’t give up although he is so tired…in fact, you can say he is stubborn…yes, just like us sometimes…
Big bear has a strong will, and I think that’s why most children could identify with him and care about him. Eventually, we all want him to stop working so hard and go to winter sleep which was his true will from the beginning.
If you and your kid enjoy books with humor, this is a perfect book for you.
This book reminds me of “Sneezy the Snowman”, another wonderful book by Maureen Wright..
If you loved this book check out B007756YHO “Sneeze, Big Bear Sneeze! And experience another big bear adventure. You might want to check out also The Dinosaur Who Wanted to Fly as a tale of imagination and bravery for your kids
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I would 100% recommend this to anyone who loves Dr. Seuss or other rhyming books, anyone that has a good sense of humor, and anyone that can handle reading the same book every single night for months on end!
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