Good Night, Baby Bear

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Winter is coming and Mama Bear has found the perfect spot for hibernating. But Baby Bear doesn’t want to go to sleep. First he wants a snack. Then he wants a drink. And now he wants the moon! What is loving, but very sleepy, Mama Bear to do?

As winter approaches, Mother Bear must bring a snack, a drink, and finally the moon to her cub before he can go to sleep in a cave.

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Winter is coming and Mama Bear has found the perfect spot for hibernating. But Baby Bear doesn’t want to go to sleep. First he wants a snack. Then he wants a drink. And now he wants the moon! What is loving, but very sleepy, Mama Bear to do?

As winter approaches, Mother Bear must bring a snack, a drink, and finally the moon to her cub before he can go to sleep in a cave.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Outstanding...Perfect for reading aloud at tucking-in time.”—School Library Journal
“This simply written, soothing bedtime yarn brims with maternal warmth and affection.”—Booklist
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this gentle, straightforward picture book, Mother Bear has a harder time than most parents getting her baby to sleep, as bedtime here means winter hibernation. The beleaguered mother fetches a snack and then a drink into the cave, but when Baby Bear says that he can't fall asleep without the moon, she is stumped--until her resourcefulness comes to the rescue. Baby Bear's realistic bit of grumbling only makes the book seem sweeter. Asch (Barnyard Lullaby; the Moonbear books) uses a soothing palette of browns and blues: the simple bear figures are darkly outlined, and the cave's background sponged to add texture and a touch of luminosity to the cavernous tones. The story is a welcome addition to the bedtime genre, one parents will be glad to have as a resource when it's time to get their own little ones to nod off. Ages 2-6. (Sept.)
Children's Literature
Although the mother and child are bears trying to settle down in their snug cave for their winter hibernation, they reflect the human experience of a restless little one trying to put off bedtime. Baby complains about his bed having to be inside, wants a snack, needs a drink and declares he can't go to sleep without seeing the moon. Patient Mama explains that it will be too cold to sleep under the stars anymore, finds him the last apple on an old tree, brings him some leaves dipped in a stream to lick and rolls a big silvery snowball into the cave to represent the moon. At last, after a loving hug and kiss, they both fall asleep. The cartoon-style, acrylic illustrations in a variety of sizes are simple but eloquent and tender, showing the bears in the dim interior of the cave and the mother bear going about her errands in the snow under a frosty night sky. The text has a warm and understanding tone and a lively, informal cadence. 2001 (orig. 1998), Voyager/Harcourt, $14.00 and $6.00. Ages 2 to 5. Reviewer: Patricia Dole
School Library Journal
PreS-K-A worthy addition to the many tales about recalcitrant bed-goers. Winter is coming and Baby Bear's mother leads him to their cave to hibernate. However, the cub wants a drink, a snack, and then the moon itself before he can go to sleep. Mother Bear affectionately copes with all of his demands, coming up with imaginative solutions, until Baby Bear finally settles down. Asch uses more varied art techniques than in his previous titles (sponges, acrylic paint, bristol board) and a larger format, but with the same outstanding results-a simple text, large illustrations, elegant format, and definite child appeal. Perfect for reading aloud at tucking-in time, this story will also be a good choice for units on the changing seasons.-Judith Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152163686
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 278,522
  • Age range: 1 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.11 (d)

Meet the Author

FRANK ASCH has written and illustrated more than sixty books for children, including the popular Good Night, Baby Bear. He lives in Vermont.

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