Neither Mr. Nor Mrs. Bear nor any of their animal neighbors can quiet the new baby in the dark of the night. But older brother bear knows that the baby wants to snuggle in bed with everyone. Watercolor illustrations with pen-and-ink details depict interesting characters with expressive faces and a house agreeably cluttered with baby paraphernalia.
The Horn Book Guide
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The latest installment in Gliori's ongoing adventures of Mr. Bear will be familiar to anyone who's spent a wakeful night with a newborn. Mr. Bear and his wife try everything to soothe their newest little one to sleep--feeding, patting, singing--but to no avail. The wailing continues as neighbors drop by offering a variety of cradles. "How can someone so small make so much noise?" wonders Mr. Bear, who by this time is "feeling pretty close to crying himself." Finally, Small Bear, awakened by the din, comes up with the winning suggestion: that they cuddle his new sister in "a bedful of bears." Gliori's warmly lit watercolors set a snug stage for this appealing family tale, and her eye for humorous detail is in evidence, from the honeybee mobile hanging over the new baby's crib to the parenting books that litter the floor at Mrs. Bear's bedside and the cotton diapers festooning the kitchen laundry lines. Preschoolers will find Gliori's domestic landscape as cozy as flannel sheets on a cold night. Ages 3-6. (Mar.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-K-Mr. and Mrs. Bear's new baby will not stop crying no matter what her distraught parents try. Awakened by the noise, the other forest creatures visit the Bears with remedies that soothed their own children but nothing works. The infant keeps crying until her older sister gets out of bed and suggests that Baby Bear needs some cuddling. All four bears climb into bed together, and soon the baby is fast asleep. Told with just the right amount of repetition, this charming story will appeal to youngsters who have a new sibling. Complementing the text are softly colored cartoons of animals surrounded by the homey clutter that comes with a newborn: toys and baby-care books are strewn on the floor, diapers hang from a kitchen clothesline, and congratulatory cards and flowers line the shelves. Children may have trouble distinguishing Mr. Bear from the identical Mrs. Bear, and the text is a little long. Still, this appealing picture book will reassure older children of their importance in the family. It would work well for preschool storytime or as a family read-aloud.-Dawn Amsberry, formerly at Oakland Public Library, CA
Gliori (Mr. Bear Babysits, etc.) offers a version of the adage that it takes a village to raise a child, when Mr. and Mrs. Bear get help from a community of loving friends in soothing their fretful newborn.