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Bear's All-Night Party
     

Bear's All-Night Party

by Bill Harley, Mellisa Ferreira (Illustrator)
 
Have you ever wanted to play when no one else did? On the night of the full moon, Bear wants to celebrate, but none of his friends agree. The birds want to sleep. Porcupine doesn't get the point. Moose thinks it just won't work. That doesn't stop Bear. Undaunted, he distributes invitations, sweeps the clearing, prepares the food, and rests up for his party, even if it

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Have you ever wanted to play when no one else did? On the night of the full moon, Bear wants to celebrate, but none of his friends agree. The birds want to sleep. Porcupine doesn't get the point. Moose thinks it just won't work. That doesn't stop Bear. Undaunted, he distributes invitations, sweeps the clearing, prepares the food, and rests up for his party, even if it's going to be a party of one. It doesn't tale long for his music and song to draw in a very reluctant Dad Fox, and by the time the moon appears, all the animals, birds, and insects of the field and forest have joined in. Told with Bill Harley's jaunty trademark mix of story and song, and illuminated by Melissa Ferreira's digitally enhanced acrylic paintings, Bear's All Night Dance Party encourages us to stop and celebrate the here-and-now, rather than wait for opportunities that never arrive. As Bear is fond of saying, you never know what might happen. Bear and friends celebrate the importance of responsibility in this party-packed tale.

Editorial Reviews

Jayne Blackledge
Adorable tale of a young bear that wants to have a party with the moon. Great bedtime story for any youngster.
South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative - Karen Eubank
A good story with a moral lesson: Do what you believe in, follow your own dreams in spite of what others may say. If you "start the party" you may be pleasantly surprised that others may follow.
Top of Texas Reviews - Suzanne Faylor
…is a story about "Bear", who wants to party when no one else does. Despite his friends telling him it’s a bad idea, Bear plans a wonderful party. He sings a cute song throughout the book that young children will enjoy and want to sing along with. The theme of "you never know what might happen" shines at the end when the moon speaks to all Bear’s reluctant friends. The illustrations give a dreamy feeling, soft and large, demonstrating all of the party fun.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Bear decides to throw a party to celebrate the beauty of the full moon. He invites his animal friends but no one comes; they are all either tired, busy, or uninterested. Bear refuses to give up, and, singing a song he's made up for the occasion, he dances in a clearing by himself, until gradually his friends are drawn to the music and the moon and join in. Bear is proven right for feeling that opportunities ought to be taken advantage of because, "You never know what might happen." Digitally enhanced acrylic paintings are done in purples and blues to portray the nighttime scenes, which sometimes are a little too dark and obscure to distinguish the animals clearly. The words of Bear's song are given, but the original music is not. Without the ability to involve the audience in singing, the book loses some of its unique appeal. Anne Hunter's Possum's Harvest Moon (Houghton, 1996) offers a very similar story with a more informative text on what the different woodland creatures do when winter approaches, as well as more appealing pictures. Not essential, but a pleasant selection.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874835724
Publisher:
August House Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/2005
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
998,710
Product dimensions:
8.54(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Bill Harley Bio:
Bill began singing and storytelling in 1975 while still in college. His work has influenced a generation of children, performing artists and educators. Bill’s songs are joyous, direct and honest. His stories are filled with the details of daily life – all told and sung from his slightly “off-center” point-of-view. He uses song and story to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life. His work spans the generation gap - reminding us of our common humanity while challenging us to be our very best selves. Bill’s trademark wit and wisdom can also be found in his picture books and children’s novels. His work has received numberous awards from a range of prestigious organizations including: the Bank Street School of Education, the Green Earth Book Award, Kid's Books of the Year, Notable Trade Books for Young People, American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, Newsweek's "Best Kids' Books of the Year", NCSS/CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, and the Elementary School Library Collection.

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