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Bears in Beds

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Those adorable bears from Bears on Chairs return in an irresistibly sweet bedtime story.

It’s time for Big Brown Bear to tuck all four little bears into their beds. Then he’s ready to climb into his own bed and turn out the light. Five warm beds, holding five sleepy bears, until a sound goes whoosh in the middle of the night, and all the bears wake up in a fright. Will they ever get back into bed? Luckily, Big Brown Bear knows just what to do! A fun, rhyming read-aloud that ...

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Overview

Those adorable bears from Bears on Chairs return in an irresistibly sweet bedtime story.

It’s time for Big Brown Bear to tuck all four little bears into their beds. Then he’s ready to climb into his own bed and turn out the light. Five warm beds, holding five sleepy bears, until a sound goes whoosh in the middle of the night, and all the bears wake up in a fright. Will they ever get back into bed? Luckily, Big Brown Bear knows just what to do! A fun, rhyming read-aloud that parents will love and tired little cubs will be happy to snuggle up with.

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Editorial Reviews

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A soothing reading primer and cozy bedtime story.
—Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly
The four small bears from Bears on Chairs demonstrate their distinctive personalities as they climb into bed: “Fuzzy whirls in/ like a circus bear./ She swirls into bed/ with a twirly flair!” But when they hear a sound in the night, all four bears wake up and hop into Big Brown Bear’s bed. Walker’s smudgy acrylic bears pair well with Parenteau’s use of repetition and phrases that rhyme with “bear,” making for a soothing reading primer and cozy bedtime story. Ages 2–5. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Jayme Derbyshire
In this sweet story Big Brown Bear tackles the challenges of getting four little rowdy bears to sleep. After much untangling, quieting, kissing, carrying, and lulling all five bears finally settle into their warm cozy beds. Big Brown Bear turns out the light and all are asleep... until Big Brown Bear hears a loud noise and becomes frightened. The four other little bears quickly awaken as well. Comfort comes in the form of togetherness. All five little bears jump into one bed, snuggle close, read a story, and while all together, sound sleep soon finds them. This is a cute bedtime story with a nice message of the comforts of family and loved ones. The illustrations do a good job complimenting the text and readers can easily see the individual personalities of each little bear shining through each picture. The storyline is cute and unique; however, at times the text seems to become a little choppy due to the effort of the author to keep it in verse form. Regardless, children are sure to warm to the little bears and their pre-bedtime antics. Reviewer: Jayme Derbyshire
School Library Journal
PreS—Five beds are waiting for five bears. Big Brown Bear comes first and settles sleepily in the one big bed. Then gradually the little beds are occupied by Yellow, Fuzzy, Calico, and Floppy Bear, and they all snuggle down and go to sleep. But wait! What is that sound? "They heard the wind./They had a scare./They're afraid to stay/in their beds over there." So, all five end up cuddling in Big Brown Bear's bed. Set against pages of mostly blue and lavender shades, the soft pastel acrylic illustrations picture the huggable cubs perfectly. A sweet bedtime story for tots, simply but very well done.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Bouncy rhyming couplets tell the story of five bears and their bedtime routine. Big Brown Bear is the first to climb into bed, but he is soon joined by four little bears: Yellow, Fuzzy, Calico and Floppy. "Out goes the light! / It's cozy in there. / Five warm beds / hold five tired bears." But the peace is soon shattered by the sounds of a storm that scares the little ones out of their beds and into the safe, snuggly bed of Big Brown Bear. He knows just what to do: read a story "about three bears / and a pesky girl / with golden hair." Soft acrylics in gentle colors complement this bedtime story that ends just where any good bedtime story should--with everyone snoring. Though the rhymes rely on the "there-bear" combination too often, this will be a great story for new readers who want to practice their skills by reading aloud to their younger siblings. Easy to read and a breeze to memorize, these little bears will soon be part of many a bedtime routine. Little bears who are afraid of storms or who have trouble sleeping will want to cuddle up with these five friends. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763670986
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/11/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,361,936
  • Age range: 3 months - 3 years
  • Lexile: AD410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Shirley Parenteau has written a number of books for children, including Bears on Chairs. She lives in Elk Grove, California.

David Walker has illustrated several children’s books, including Bears on Chairs. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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