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 lairMouse 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.
and you've all had fun!
But me? I was sleeping
I have had none!
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)