- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 1
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (February 6, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060815604
- ISBN-13: 978-0060815608
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #806,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep Hardcover – February 6, 2007
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PreSchool-Grade 1—In this musical whisper of a book, various animals settle down for a winter's nap, assured that spring will wake them to reenter the warmer, more active world. Each page features a lullaby with language quirky enough to raise a smile-for instance: "Snore, little skunk, snore,/Turn over, snore some more./The winter winds may howl and wail;/Your den is closed with snow and hail./But you know spring will never fail./Snore, little skunk, snore." Complementing the comfort and reassurance of the text are Dyer's cozy and humorous illustrations. Frog cuddles up under a leaf-patterned comforter, warmed by her pink-striped scarf. Her ice skates are poised at the bedpost and her figure-skating trophy decorates the text on the opposing page. Badger, dressed like Sherlock Holmes, sneaks in some reading with his magnifying glass as he rests by a roaring fire in his underground den. Dyer deftly inserts details of pattern and personality using gentle, appealing colors. The painting of chipmunk snoozing in his running suit, surrounded by sneakers, is a hoot. The culmination of the book, on a blue background that might be flecked with snow or with stars, is, aptly, a message to children: "And even YOU, it's time for sleep,/So snuggle down and burrow deep./The sheet and quilt will keep you warm/Through winter or through summer storm/Till you awaken in the morn./Sleep, my little child, sleep." Soothing, soporific, and magnetic, this is a special winter bedtime book.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
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The rhyme scheme is as lilting as a lullaby, and Dyer's ineffably sweet watercolor illustrations enrich this bedtime story. With winter-nights scenes always in the background, a series of animal folk is sleeping, snuggled in nests as cozy as can be. A black bear, its den under the roots of a tree, sits in a chair by the fireplace, covered by a quilt. A little frog may be asleep at the bottom of a stream, but it's tucked into its bed, and it wears a striped muffler, just as the fish do. A box turtle snoozes in a hammock underground (wearing boxing gloves), and a toad dozes in its library, a manual typewriter by its side. The book ends with a directive to the listener: "And even YOU, it's time for sleep, / so snuggle down and burrow deep." GraceAnne DeCandido
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Done with just enough to appear as a story, but informative and interesting. I would not read it to a child under 4 since the sentences are a little longer and more complex. It will
be especially prized by the child that loves animals and nature.
On the plus side, my two year old enjoys finding the detail from the main picture which is pulled out and enlarged by the text. Though some are too obvious to be much fun for searching, others are quite tricky. And my 2 year old does not object to the silly combinations. She enjoys assuring me that toads don't read books and bears don't wear slippers. So perhaps I am being a spoil sport. This one will stay on the shelf, but I won't be excited to see it pulled out.
More than a year later, it's still a huge favorite. We had to get her a copy of her own and she insists that it never be put away when we try to rotate which books are out.
I do wish it came in a big board format so I could leave it out safely since I have the paper back scholastic book fair version and I can just see it getting torn.
I highly recommend this book to anyone with young children. Its a fantastic, soothing bedtime story.