Bear Snores On

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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!

On a cold winter night many animals gather to party in the ...

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Overview

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!

On a cold winter night many animals gather to party in the cave of a sleeping bear, who then awakes and protests that he has missed the food and the fun.

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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
and...
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)

From The Critics
Newcomer Karma Wilson has succeeded in the surprisingly difficult task of writing a children's book effectively in rhyme. For her tale about a sleeping bear, she hones short verses that dance the reader along, only slowing the pace to repeat the phrase, "But the bear snores on." As the bear sleeps, smaller animals take refuge in his lair from a snowstorm and start partying. But what will happen when the bear wakes up? Large acrylic paintings create a cast of personable animals, including the bear, who turns out to be a hospitable host. <%END%>
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689831874
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 41,551
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.34 (w) x 11.42 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Karma Wilson

Karma Wilson’s picture books include the international bestseller Bear Snores On, Bear Wants More, Bear Stays Up for Christmas, and Mortimer’s Christmas Manger, all illustrated by Jane Chapman; A Frog in the Bog, illustrated by Joan Rankin; Hilda Must Be Dancing and Bear Hugs, illustrated by Suzanne Watts; and Who Goes There?, illustrated by Anna Currey. She lives with her family in Fortine, Montana. Visit Karma at KarmaWilson.com.

Jane Chapman is the illustrator of several 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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  • Posted August 29, 2009

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    Great to keep young ones interested

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 24, 2012

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    Bought this book for my grandson and we love reading it together

    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!

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  • Posted October 8, 2012

    Beautiful Story!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2011

    Love it!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2010

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    Bear Snores On

    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.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

    So Sweet

    One of my favorites. I always purchase this one for baby gifts.

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  • Posted March 2, 2010

    Meet Bear..

    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.

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  • Posted February 1, 2010

    Da Bear!!

    The whole series is beautifully written and illustrated.

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

    Great for Gift Giving

    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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  • Posted August 8, 2009

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    Sleepy Bear's Den

    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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  • Posted May 22, 2009

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    'Bear' is a good friend for children

    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!

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

    This is a great book.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2008

    A must read EVERY night!

    My 2 year old son requests this book EVERY night! To add some variety in my life, I've introduced him to Bear Wants More. This is becoming a fast favorite as well!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2008

    One of our favorites

    My 16-month old daughter loves this book. She brings it to me and says 'on.' Kids love the sing-song rhyming and flow of the story. The text is adorable and gives lots of opportunities to do funny voices and exaggerate words like growl, squeak and blubber. We are thrilled with this book and will buy other of the 'Bear' titles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2007

    A reviewer

    Love, Love, Love the book. Got it for my kids 3 years ago and it's still one we read at least weekly. The illustrations are great and the rhymes are wonderful. Bear is lovable and almost missed the party!! Also loved 'Bear Stays up for Christmas' and 'Bear Wants more.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2004

    Our favorite book!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2003

    We love this book!

    My girls love the rhyming words and great pictures. I enjoy reading it to them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2003

    Terrific Nighttime Read

    My 3 year old daughter and I love this book. She usually picks out which books we read at night, but sometimes she says I can, and when she does, I always pick this one. The ryhming makes it so fun to read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2003

    FANTASTIC FUN

    My two year old daughter and I love reading about the party in Bear's lair, hosted by uninvited guests mouse, hare, badger and wren. The rhyming scheme is lyrical and original, not predictable. My daughter yells out "and Bear Snores On" and sneezes when appropriate. We enjoy "Bear Snores On" so much that we had to purchase "Bear Wants More" as soon as we saw it on the shelf!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2003

    What a fun book

    This book is colorful witty and easy to understand. It tells a complete funny story that my 5 year old daughter and I just adore. She's learning to read and the words are easy enough for her to read with me.This book is an everyday request and I'm glad, because I think I enjoy it as much as she does. I can't wait to read Karma's new one!!!

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