Bearsie Bear and the Surprise Sleepover Party

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Bearsie Bear is just falling asleep when a very cold Moosie Moose knocks on the door and asks to sleep over in Bearsie Bear's warm bed. Next knocks Cowsie Cow, then Piggie Pig, then Foxie Fox, then Goosie Goose . . . and the bed becomes, to say the least, crowded. The final knock is from Porkie Porcupine, whose insistence on a place to sleep causes a very pointed problem. How these animal friends make room for one another makes for a truly friendly picture book read-aloud for ...

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Overview

Bearsie Bear is just falling asleep when a very cold Moosie Moose knocks on the door and asks to sleep over in Bearsie Bear's warm bed. Next knocks Cowsie Cow, then Piggie Pig, then Foxie Fox, then Goosie Goose . . . and the bed becomes, to say the least, crowded. The final knock is from Porkie Porcupine, whose insistence on a place to sleep causes a very pointed problem. How these animal friends make room for one another makes for a truly friendly picture book read-aloud for very young children.

In a cumulative story, one animal after another asks to come in out of the winter cold to sleep in Bearsie Bear's big bed.

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"When Bearsie Bear is just warmly tucked in, there comes a knock at the door.It is Moosie Moose wanting to sleep over. Subsequent knocks reveal Cowsie Cow, Piggie Pig, Foxie Fox, and Goosie Goose. Kindly Bearsie Bear adds them one by one to the now-crowded bed. . . . A splendid read-aloud, extremely repetitive and very funny, too: the reader aloud will undoubtedly be joined by a chorus of listeners happily helping the story along its cumulative way." Horn Book, Starred
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The creator of the affable Lyle, Lyle Crocodile is as playful as ever in this cumulative caper that uses repetition and alliteration to rollicking effect. On a cold evening as "the wind hissed and howled," a chilly Moosie Moose knocks at Bearsie Bear's door to ask if he may sleep over. Five other animals in turn make the same request, each time the most recent arrival answers the door for the newcomer, who then leaps joyously into Bearsie's increasingly crowded bed. Waber's effervescent watercolors depict the wide-eyed gang, with only heads and paws or claws or hooves showing from under the bedspread, until Porkie Porcupine shows up and the six sleepy creatures wisely chime "Uh-oh." Waber's precisely timed splashes of slapstick twice the remark, "You can say that again" brings on a repetition of what was just said adds to the comedy of the tale. A great pick for both beginning readers and for reading aloud in a variety of voices, this comical nocturnal tale is especially suitable for a bedtime giggle or two. Ages 3-6. Oct.
Publishers Weekly
Moosie Moose knocks on Bearsie Bear's door to ask if he may sleep over on a cold evening in the first of a series of guest-proposed invitations. "This cumulative caper uses repetition and alliteration to rollicking effect," said PW, describing the tale as "especially suitable for a bedtime giggle or two." Ages 3-8. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1Bearsie Bear isn't in his warm bed very long when he hears a knock on the door. The cold evening brings Moosie Moose asking for a warm place to sleep. As soon as those two get settled, Cowsie Cow comes knocking, also looking for shelter. She is followed by Piggie Pig, Foxie Fox, and Goosie Goose. Porkie Porcupine is the last to appear, also jumping into the bed, prompting the others to flee their prickly friend. When the cold wind blows again, the others quickly return, and a solution agreeable to all is found. Young children should enjoy the constant repetition, although it borders on becoming tedious. While the names of this cast of characters works on an alliterative basis, they are a tad trite. Waber's delightfully uncluttered pictures, filled with homey details and expressive animals, add to the overall appeal.Christy Norris, Valley Cottage Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
A humorous cumulative tale that makes a great read-aloud for the very young. A wintry scene shows an isolated house so deep in snow that the road can't be seen. A moose plods its way to the door and knocks; a bear sleeping cozily near his blazing fireplace opens one eye and asks who it is. " `It's me, Moosie Moose,' said Moosie Moose. `Moosie Moose?' said Bearsie Bear. `Yes, Moosie Moose,' said Moosie Moose." The repetition of the already repetitive names continues as more animals join the bear and moose in a wide bed; mild joking transpires as unlikely bedfellows are added: cow, pig, fox, goose. The generosity of the host is strained when a porcupine joins in, and everyone leaves. But the sad faces at the snowy window melt Bearsie Bear's notably large heart, and all find peaceful sleep away from the elements. Waber's familiar watercolors find humor in every scene while warmth and security are the backbone of the story. The reading of the accumulated names every time the animals settle down results in a book that may be too raucous for bedtime, but ideal for story hours.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395864500
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 290L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.75 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard Waber, who has written eight delightful books about Lyle the Crocodile, a little boy named Ira, and a firefly named Torchy, is the author of more than seventeen picture books for children. Widely praised by reviewers for his ability to describe common family problems, he is best loved by children for his freeflowing humor and gentle characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 1999

    A Great Book for Kids (and Adults)

    I'm not sure who likes the book more; me or my daughter.

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