Don't Wake Up The Bear

Don't Wake Up The Bear

by Marjorie Dennis Murray, Patricia Wittmann
     
 

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It’s a cold, snowy night, and a big, soft bear sleeps soundly in his cave. A small hare wanders by, and since his ears are so cold, he snuggles up in the bear’s cozy den. Before long, a fox comes along with the same idea. "You may come in," says the hare, "but don’t wake up the bear!" As the night wears on, the nest of sleeping animals expands

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It’s a cold, snowy night, and a big, soft bear sleeps soundly in his cave. A small hare wanders by, and since his ears are so cold, he snuggles up in the bear’s cozy den. Before long, a fox comes along with the same idea. "You may come in," says the hare, "but don’t wake up the bear!" As the night wears on, the nest of sleeping animals expands until a mouse with a cold curls up right in the bear’s ear—and wakes him up with a loud sneeze!

Warm, playful illustrations and a repeating refrain make this bedtime book perfect for year-round reading.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Wintry, earthy-toned watercolor spreads chronicle the late night arrival of animals to the snowy den of a hibernating bear. Each furry forest friend complains that a different body part is cold, and each ends up snuggling in with the sleeping bear. The hare—having been the first to arrive—warns with the repeating line, "But don't wake up the bear!" Of course, the bear does wake up, somewhat ferociously. The animals scatter, in fear of being eaten, but in a cute twist the bear trudges by them and heads straight to a berry bush to satisfy his hunger. Though very similar to the popular Bear Snores On, it is not as artfully illustrated nor cleverly written. Still, it is a nice read-aloud, and the use of fairly repetitive text makes it an appropriate choice for the learning-to-read crowd. Snowflake backgrounds on the white pages, and some words done in large, fun type are nice touches. 2003, Marshall Cavendish, Ages 2 to 5.
—Jane Harrington
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-On a winter's eve, as a bear sleeps in his cozy cave, a cold-eared hare creeps in to snuggle in his soft fur. Several animals join her to warm up various extremities. Each time she warns, "-don't wake up the bear!" A mouse is the last to arrive, curling up in his ear. However she develops the sniffles and lets loose a loud sneeze. The lumbering creature wakes up and growls and the animals scatter. The bear merely trudges off and snacks on some berries. Murray's tale is written in clear language and repetitive refrains. Wittmann's large watercolors adeptly depict the frigid landscape as oversized snowflakes float in and around the text. The animals are naturalistically rendered and have slightly humanized facial expressions. While this story is not highly original, its reassuringly predictable suspense and satisfying ending make for a fun winter read-aloud.-Rachel G. Payne, New York Public Library Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In the cumulative-tale tradition of creatures sheltering in a small space, Murray packs five wild animals into a snow-covered cave with a hibernating bear. As each animal enters the cave, complaining of the cold, the refrain goes: " ‘You may come in,’ whispered the hare. ‘But don’t wake up the bear.’ " The last animal is a little mouse with the sniffles who sneezes in the bear’s ear and causes him to wake up with a huge growl. The animals scatter, and in a satisfying conclusion, the bear is shown finding something to eat, fortunately not a fellow creature, but berries poking out of the snow. Wittmann’s winsome watercolors provide appealing animal characters and a suitably scary bear, with double-page spreads that will work well with a group. Additional creative touches include some key phrases set in wintry blue and pale blue snowflakes decorating the white space around the text. The pitch-perfect text is skillfully told with repeated phrases and a polished rhythm that will make this a natural addition to story hours with themes of bears, winter, or animals seeking shelter. (Picture books. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761451075
Publisher:
Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
Publication date:
03/15/2003
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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