How Do Bears Sleep?

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Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
How Do Bears Sleep? Might they "make up a bed / Of dry leaves and stones, Or lie on the ground / Just resting [their] bones...?" Or "twist...turn... snarl and get grumpy...tear up [their] bed when it starts feeling lumpy?" Author/artist E. J. Bird's poetic musings and amusing paintings are not to be missed when hibernating bears are on the agenda.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- Many questions are posed in verse about what goes on inside a bear's den during the winter months. ``Does he make up a bed of dry leaves and stones, or lie on the ground just resting his bones?'' queries the narrative poem. Questions such as these are never answered, and readers are led to believe that man knows almost nothing about hibernating bears. The statement is made in the author's note that ``all living things have little clocklike gadgets buried somewhere inside'' telling them when to get hungry and when to sleep. Even the youngest readers deserve better terminology and explanation. Gray paper is used as the background for simple pen-and-ink drawings washed with light pastels. The sleeping bear, in its many positions, is amusing in a somewhat cartoonlike style. More a picture-book read-aloud than a nature book, this offers little information about bears or hibernation. --Diane Nunn, Richard E. Byrd Elem . School, Glen Rock, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876145227
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1990
  • Series: Picture Books Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 822,380
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.99 (h) x 0.17 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2001

    A Dream Book for Teachers

    As a substitute teacher for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade I've found 'How Do Bears Sleep?' a useful part of my 'Arsenal of Tricks' to intrigue young children. Its fanciful rhymes and enjoyable story are a hit every time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2001

    A Teacher's Viewpoint

    Unlike the children I've read this delightful book to, Diane Nunn in the 'From School Library Journal Review' completely misses the point that this is a HUMOROUS book! How nice it is to find a book that makes children laugh out loud.

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