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Sleepy Bears Paperback – October 1, 2002
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Mother Bear's six children balk at bedding down for the winter until each cub gets a personalized rhyme. PW said in a starred review, "With its sweetly varied scenarios, this amiable bedtime book offers a little something for everyone." Ages 3-7.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1-A cleverly written bedtime book with very distinct characters, each with its own hibernation-time rhyme. Mother Bear tucks in her six cubs, sending them off on dreamy adventures. Baxter dreams of pirates, Bella of the circus, Winifred of the jungle, Tosca of kingdoms, Ali of divine foods, and Baby Bear of moonbeams. "And all of them slept until spring." The rhymes are well written, and the charming pictures, done in gouache, watercolor, and colored pencil, are full of funny details. When the cubs are in bed waiting to drift off, the room is draped in a yellow hue lit by candle. Dream scenes show distant lands with the youngsters sleeping peacefully in the corners. On the penultimate page, the bears are lined up across the bed in hats or headdresses that represent their particular dreams. A fuzzy, stuffed blue elephant that plays and rests with the bears throughout the book blows out the candle on the final page. A fanciful story that's sure to be popular.
Shelley Woods, Boston Public Library, MA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.