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Overview

Mama Bear tells Little Brown Bear that every baby bear sleeps in the winter. But Little Brown Bear won't. Instead, he follows the geese as they head south, where he spends his time playing on the beach with his new friends. Then, one day, Little Brown Bear misses his cozy bed and thinks about how his parents must miss him...Jane Dyer's delightful illustrations capture the thrill of a little one's first adventure, one that ends happily ever after.

Unwilling to settle down for his winter sleep, Little Brown Bear heads south with a flock of geese, but eventually he finds that he misses his nice bed at home.

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Jane Dyer, author of Time for Bed and I Love You Like Crazy Cakes, wins us over again with this picture book about a small bear who doesn't want to hibernate.

In gorgeous watercolors that perfectly capture the end of autumn, we meet Little Brown Bear and his furry family, who are getting ready to sleep for the winter. Little Brown Bear would rather "be a goose and fly south," though, and after he's tucked into bed, the curious bruin sneaks out and hightails it to the train station. Geese are busy climbing aboard a southbound train ("Oh, some of us prefer the train," one goose tells him), and after they arrive at their destination, they head for the beach. Little Brown Bear plays in the sand for a while, but soon he's built a sand cave and climbs inside, only to realize that in his own bed, and with his parents, is the best place to be.

Dyer's heartwarming story and gentle illustrations make this a story just right for any snugglebear. Little Brown Bear's an adorably curious tot, and his tender emotional expressions will have any reader feeling his warm joys and despondent loneliness. Especially amusing, too, is his trip down south with the friendly geese, who are busy playing cards and eating boxed lunches on the train. A peaceful treat for storytimes and a fitting tale for restless kids, Little Brown Bear Won't Take a Nap is nighttime goodness. Matt Warner

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Dyer (I Love You Like Crazy Cakes), in her authorial debut, explores a time-honored childhood fixture resistance to bedtime via a cub facing a long winter. When hibernation time arrives, Little Brown Bear isn't interested. "I won't take a nap!" he says. When he spies a migrating flock, he asks his parents, "Do geese have to sleep all winter?" They tell their son that geese fly south instead. So, after they tuck him in and retreat to their own bed, the intrepid youngster packs a suitcase and sets off in search of the geese, who turn up, surprisingly, at a train station. "Why aren't you flying?" Little Brown Bear asks. "Some of us prefer the train," they tell him. "It's more relaxing, and we enjoy the ride." Dyer whisks readers back to a bygone era of trains outfitted with luxurious velvety seats and windows with wooden frames; she depicts the hero seated in a dining car with several feathered friends, surrounded by linen tablecloths and napkins. Once they reach their destination, the cub follows them to the beach. He loves the sand and surf, but eventually nature takes over ("He built a sand cave. It was cozy and warm inside...") and his friends, who are migrating north for the spring, help him home. Dyer's tale unfolds at the leisurely pace of a child's unmeasured days, and her watercolors brim with warmth and affection. Even as Little Brown Bear ventures far from home, he always appears to be in safe hands. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Jane Dyer paints a perfectly delightful tale with text and illustration in this book about Little Bear's refusal to take a nap. The story is introduced with a letter to the readers. It spells out Little Bear's likes and dislikes and is followed with a map of Bear's world. With this knowledge the reader has an opportunity to dive into Little Bear's adventures when he sneaks out of the house to fly south with the geese in the winter instead of taking his long nap. An interesting set up is proposed when he accompanies several geese who travel south by train instead of flying. Once at their destination, Little Bear is left alone to enjoy warm sands and coastal sun while he plays away the winter. However, when he builds a sand castle and crawls inside he remembers how nice it might be to sleep at home. Little Bear hitches a ride in the sky in a large fish net when the geese fly north. He returns home only to find it is time for his mother to wake him up. The fun story and soft watercolor illustrations with bright highlights make this a highly appealing book. 2002, Little Brown and Company,
— Nancy Garhan Attebury
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PreS-Gr 2-Little Brown Bear doesn't like naps, "especially the kind that lasted all winter." So, when his parents snuggle down in their beds, he packs his bag and takes off on an adventure. He boards a southbound train along with some geese who've decided that they'd rather ride the rails than fly. Soon, they are all at the beach where the young bear builds castles and digs sand caves. When he starts feeling tired and a bit homesick, some of the geese fly him back home where he hunkers down in his bed-just in time for spring. The story is rather predictable, but the large, watercolor illustrations, done primarily in shades of blue and orange, are warm and charming and brimming with life. While not a necessary purchase, most libraries will want to consider this attractive addition.-Roxanne Burg, Thousand Oaks Library, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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It's hard enough to get preschoolers to lie down for even an hour, but when Little Brown Bear's parents attempt to cajole him into his winter hibernation, the result is a tad more adventurous-and surprising. Seeing geese flying past their window, Little Brown Bear has an idea, but he has to wait for his parents to go to sleep before he can set his plans in action. Hearing them snoring from the next room, Little Brown Bear packs his valise and heads for the train station, where he is amazed to see many geese waiting for a train to take them south. When the conductor calls "All aboard," Little Brown Bear joins the gaggle of geese and soon finds himself at the beach. He spends his days building sand castles and playing in the surf. Realizing that spring is quickly approaching, Little Brown Bear once again joins his goose friends for the return trip north, but this time they fly him there, catching him up in a fishing net. Little Brown Bear sneaks back into bed and falls asleep. He is awakened almost immediately by his mother and protests loudly, but she informs him the spring has arrived and it's time to get out of bed. Detailed watercolor illustrations of realistic geese clutching handbags and playing checkers will entertain young readers with both their beauty and their humor. Readers will refuse to nap without this one. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316197649
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.26 (w) x 10.38 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Dyer is the acclaimed illustrator of her own anthology, Animal Crackers, as well as many other picture books. Jane Dyer lives in western Massachusetts and paints her extraordinary watercolors in a sun-drenched studio with a view of the playhouse shown in this book.
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  • Anonymous

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    Gentle themes & water-colors

    The themes of 'not napping' 'packing up for a trip alone' 'following the birds' 'taking the train' 'playing by the beach' and 'coming home again' appealed to my son, at 2, 3, 4 and counting. It works well as a bed-time story, as the content is gentle & about sleeping. Nice big pictures.

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