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Bear Snores On

Bear Snores On

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by Karma Wilson, Jane Chapman (Illustrator)

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One by one, a whole host of different animals and birds find their way out of the cold and into Bear's cave to warm up. But even after the tea has been brewed and the corn has been popped, Bear just snores on!

See what happens when he finally wakes up and finds his cave full of uninvited guests — all of them having a party without him!


One by one, a whole host of different animals and birds find their way out of the cold and into Bear's cave to warm up. But even after the tea has been brewed and the corn has been popped, Bear just snores on!

See what happens when he finally wakes up and finds his cave full of uninvited guests — all of them having a party without him!

Editorial Reviews

The Barnes & Noble Review
A sleeping bear, a blustery winter, and a handful of sweet woodland animals make this delightful picture book a welcome offering from first-time author Karma Wilson. Using rhyming text to create an inspired read-aloud, Wilson shows us how one bear snores on...

Set in a dark cave, away from the cold, snowy winter, a bear sleeps. Nothing awakes the sleeping beast, not even an unexpected visitor -- a small mouse. Looking for refuge from the cold, he makes a tiny fire with a small stick. A hare pops in to see his old friend mouse, who offers him some tea and popcorn. But the corn poppin' and the tea a-brewin' do not wake this hibernating bear. When a badger drops by and the three chomp happily on honey nuts, the bear snores on. More friends arrive, and soon it is a boisterous gathering with chitter-chatter and dancing. When the mouse and hare prepare a stew over the fire for their friends, they season it with dash of pepper. A stray pepper flake flies thru the air and the bear sneezes -- "Raaaaa-choooooo!!!!" Awake, he growls and snarls as the others begin to run. What will the beastly bear do? He cries:

You've snuck in my lair
and you've all had fun!
But me? I was sleeping
I have had none!
Mouse quickly offers to brew more tea and pop more corn. The party is on! They tell tall tales into the night, and by morning Bear is wide awake...as his friends snore on.

We think this lovely tale couldn't be any sweeter. Flowing text, filled with perfect rhythm and humor, match wonderfully with the gorgeous and warm acrylic illustrations. The bear's warm cave with an orange glow is a cozy treasure in the middle of a snowy white forest. The woodland animals are bright-eyed and adorable, with just the right details -- smiling faces and the right balance of colorful strokes and realistic flair. Bear is as snuggly as can be, and the final scene will warm the hearts of every reader. A splendid offering from the team of Wilson and Chapman that is sure to be read again and again. (Amy Barkat)

Since 2002, young readers (and, yes, we admit, their parents) have delighted to Karma Wilson's tale of a forest creature's very contented winter hibernation. Even the cold winter night arrival of an entire menagerie of chattering animal friends doesn't snap Bear's peaceful slumber. An adorable picture book for any child who likes animals; in other words, any child.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The title also serves as the book's refrain: because he's hibernating, the fluffy, snoring Bear remains oblivious as Mouse, Hare, Badger, Mole, Wren and Raven seek refuge in his cave from the blowing snow and frigid temperatures. Working in soft-textured acrylics, Chapman (Happy and Honey) makes both the biting weather and the warm, womb-like shelter of Bear's cave palpable. The once bedraggled animals perk up considerably, and first-time author Wilson describes the ensuing high spirits with a musical flair: "They tweet and they titter./ They chat and they chitter./ But the bear snores on." There's a moment of tension when Bear unexpectedly wakes up and the uninvited guests wonder if they'll be evicted. But Wilson demonstrates how well she knows her audience: the bear only bemoans the fact that he slept through all the fun; the unwitting host proves that he may be the biggest party animal of all. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly
Littlest hands will also clamor for the board book edition of Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson, illus. by Jane Chapman, a tale of hibernation and friendship. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Karma Wilson has added a delightful cumulative tale to the list of rhythmically readable favorites in this traditional genre. One small forest animal after another crawls into bear's wintry cave, samples a snack, and joins the party as "Bear snores on." Eventually, Bear wakes up. He "gnarls and he snarls, roars and rumbles" and finds that he has missed the party. The uninvited guests share the goodies and the fun and, eventually, Bear is the only one awake as the early partygoers "snore on." Younger children will respond to the predictable, comfortable plot and engaging animals, while slightly older children will enjoy the word play of sounds and rhymes. Jane Chapman's cheerful illustrations keep the focus on the simplicity of the tale, and the contrast between the snowy winter outside and the warm camaraderie inside. This is a cozy, appealing snuggle of a read-aloud, just right for bedtime, lap time, or anytime. 2005 (orig. 2002), Little Simon/Simon & Schuster, Ages 3 to 5.
—Anne Field
School Library Journal
Wilson has crafted a story that is just right for chilly winter nights. Snow is falling and Bear is sound asleep in his warm, dark cave. Trying to escape the weather, Mouse crawls inside and builds a fire. Seeing the crackling blaze, Hare hops in to share some popcorn and black tea. One by one, other woodland creatures join the impromptu party, each bringing a contribution. Through it all "-the bear snores on" until, finally, a small fleck of pepper makes him sneeze. Once he is awake, his gruff reaction to the merrymaking is not exactly welcoming, but he quickly comes around. The cadence of the narrative is infectious: "And they nibble and they munch with a/CHEW-/CHOMP-/CRUNCH!/But/the bear/snores on." The layout, with unusual breaks and oversized verbs, emphasizes the rhythm of the story. The characters are infused with warmth and humor. Though anthropomorphic, they retain their realism, due in part to the detail with which they are rendered. The warm, soft tones of these acrylic illustrations perfectly capture the coziness of Bear's lair and capture the action. The descriptive rhyming text, reminiscent of Bill Martin, Jr.'s Listen to the Rain (Holt, 1988), is perfect for reading aloud as well as for one-on-one sharing. Kids will ask for this book again and again.-Heather E. Miller, Homewood Public Library, AL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Snug in his cave, not even some visitors seeking shelter from the storm can wake Bear. Mouse arrives and builds a small fire to warm the chilly air. Hare arrives and they pop corn and brew tea, but even the slurping and burping doesn't bother Bear. Even when Badger passes out crunchy honey nuts and more guests begin arriving, "Bear snores on." By the time Gopher, Mole, Wren, and Raven arrive, it's a full-blown party. "And they nibble and they munch with a chew-chomp-crunch! But the bear snores on." Nothing seems to bother Bear, at least until an errant pepper flake from the stew tickles his nose. Sneezing awake, Bear is furious, but not because everyone is having a party in his cave, but because he has slept through it all. The other animals comfort Bear by insisting that the party is just beginning. Stories and food carry the party until dawn and as all the other animals snuggle in to sleep, only Bear is left awake unable to recapture his slumber. An icy blue palette illustrates the cold winter night, while the cave's interior is rendered in warm tones of reds and browns. The delightful illustrations on over-sized pages depicting the animals' party are the perfect accompaniment to the lyrical text. Little ones will snuggle into bed on a snowy night to hear this one.

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Bear by Karma Wilson Series
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Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Karma Wilson is the bestselling author of several picture books for Simon & Schuster, including the Bear Books series and Where Is Home, Little Pip? Karma lives in Montana.

Jane Chapman is the illustrator of over one hundred books for children, including Dilly Duckling by Claire Freedman and I Love My Mama by Peter Kavanagh, as well as Karma Wilson’s Bear Snores On, Bear Wants More, Bear Stays Up for Christmas, and Mortimer’s Christmas Manger. She lives with her family in Dorset, England. Visit Jane at ChapmanandWarnes.com.

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Bear Snores On 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Brasseur More than 1 year ago
We have loved all the titles in the "Bear" series. The vocabulary is interesting and the thyme and rhythm appeal to kids from 1 to 5. Illustrations are charming too!
KatydidKL More than 1 year ago
Bought this book for my grandson and we love reading it together. It's a very fun read and a very cozy read. I buy this book for everyone I know who's having a baby. Love it!
book4children More than 1 year ago
This book has more five star reviews than I have seen on any picture book, and with good reason. This was a delightful surprise to read. I loved the charming prose and the beautiful artwork. The colors were well coordinated and the illustrations fit with the writing very well. The writing itself was entertaining, upbeat, and fun. I was partying right along with all the animals! I would definitely recommend Bear Snores On to anyone looking for a good picture book. With the theme of hibernation, it would even make a good Christmas or birthday gift.
Zagarius More than 1 year ago
This is a great book that I happened to come by in a cereal box! I read it to my oldest son (who will be 7) so much that the pages fell apart. We love to read this book! He's able to read it himself now. I got this board book edition for my sons for Christmas and know my youngest son will love it as much as I do! I definitely recommend this book to parents! We have since branched out to the other Bear books.
KAM1 More than 1 year ago
My son loves this book we read it about once a week since he had this book for the last two years. We recently purchased another one to give as a gift.
Miam More than 1 year ago
My kids and I love 'Bear' so much that we have all the books in the series. Karma Wilson's writing is very fun and playful. My 2 year old knows all the book covers and is starting to memorize each story. The illistrations are beautiful. Recommended to all families! A definate must have!
Guest More than 1 year ago
We bought this book for our 4 year old for Christmas and he and his 2 year old brother can not get enough of it. We read this book several times a day, EVERY day! The story is adorable and the wonderful, detailed illustrations really bring the story to life. We've read this so many times that even my 2 year old can recite it verbatim! Our favorite line is 'And they nibble and they munch with a CHEW, CHOMP, CRUNCH!' My kids never get tired of this book! I recommend it to everyone who will listen!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the bear books!
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This is one of our favorite books! Interesting rhyming and rhythm like "The coals pip pop and the wind doesn't stop but the bear snores on." I've read two of the other books in this series and they don't flow as well as this book.
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Bear Snores On A story about a bear who sleeps through the long cold winter, while his friends have a party in his very own lair! Upon waking bear moans and groans, cries and sobs, until little mouse pops up and tells him they can pop more corn and brew more tea-and the party continues. Written by Karma Wilson using the familiar rhythm of the bear series, and sweetly illustrated by Jane Chapman. A must have for any children's library. Both my 3 year old and 2 year love this book, as well as Bear Wants More, Bear Feels Scared, Bear Feels Sick and Bear Stays Up Late.
MarkatMN More than 1 year ago
One of my favorites. I always purchase this one for baby gifts.
DFace More than 1 year ago
The whole series is beautifully written and illustrated.
CillePA More than 1 year ago
The kids were excited to get this book and have it read to them. Nothing like crazy stories they can relate to.
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GrandmaLee More than 1 year ago
My grandson loved the illustrations of all the different animals and the antics they got into in the bear's den.
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lillysmom20 More than 1 year ago
I love to read this to my two year old daughter for our story times. The illustrations are very cute as well. I have bought this for two of my friends. It is our favorite book now.