Sleep Tight, Little Bear

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Little Bear learns that it's fun to venture off by yourself, but even better to know that you can go home again in this heart-tugging ode to the endearing, enduring bond between Big Bear and Little Bear.

One day Little Bear discovers a new cave that's the perfect size, just for him. He plays in it all day, eats supper there, and, with Big Bear's permission, even gets ready to spend the night. But when the big moon shines overhead and Little Bear is lying there all by himself, he...

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Overview

Little Bear learns that it's fun to venture off by yourself, but even better to know that you can go home again in this heart-tugging ode to the endearing, enduring bond between Big Bear and Little Bear.

One day Little Bear discovers a new cave that's the perfect size, just for him. He plays in it all day, eats supper there, and, with Big Bear's permission, even gets ready to spend the night. But when the big moon shines overhead and Little Bear is lying there all by himself, he suddenly realizes that Big Bear might be getting lonely back in the old Bear Cave. Perhaps it's time to go home. Big Bear and Little Bear, stars of CAN'T YOU SLEEP, LITTLE BEAR? and other beloved picture books by Hans Christian Andersen Medal winner Martin Waddell, are back in another classic story, lovingly illustrated with deft humor by Barbara Firth.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Several favorite characters and series continue this fall. Sleep Tight, Little Bear by Martin Waddell, illus. by Barbara Firth, bring back the duo first introduced in Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? Here Little Bear discovers a new cave, "little-bear-size or just a bit bigger," and asks Big Bear if he can stay in his new hideaway. But they both discover how much they miss each other. A DVD is included. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
In this the 4th adventure of Little Bear and his loving caretaker, Big Bear, Little Bear makes his first ventures into independent living. When Little Bear finds a small cave, he spends the day delighting in a room of his own, outfitted with all the important things. All the important things except Big Bear, who he begins to miss. He wonders if Big Bear misses him. Being held tight in Big Bear's arms brings such reassurance that after reading a book before the fire and having his arms holding him close, Little Bear is not even awake to hear Big Bear's "sleep tight." Nuances of relationship, of each bear missing the other, are alluded to with words and pictures but well-explained in the accompanying DVD, which discusses the author's thoughts and feelings. The book ends with a special reading of the story by the author. Waddell's words explain much about the relationship between parent and child and the lovely significance of sharing books together. 2005, Candlewick Press, Ages 5 to 6.
—Susie Wilde
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Little Bear's many fans will be happy to see this charming new title. When the cub finds a small cave, it seems just the right size for him. He sets up house there, with Big Bear's reassuring presence nearby. At bedtime, he asks to sleep alone in his new home, and Big Bear agrees. Then, "Big Bear plodded all the way back to the Bear Cave alone, without Little Bear." The accompanying illustration demonstrates how much Firth's work adds to this simply written and graceful story. Big Bear is seen from behind, walking away, holding a lantern; he's a beacon of light and safety as a soft darkness falls over the forests and mountains. The artist's compositions add a subtle kind of originality, and the soft colors and artful lines add appeal, character, and atmosphere. Preschoolers respond to stories about the tension between independence and protection. While this one does not break new ground, it is a stellar example of its kind.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This winning author/illustrator team scores again with their fifth tale of Big Bear and Little Bear. One day Little Bear discovers a cave that is just the right size for him and furnishes it with his bed, a table and a chair; he plays all day in his cave, reads his book, makes his bed and has his supper. Big Bear even gives him permission to sleep there, but once in bed, Little Bear begins to wonder if Big Bear is lonely without him. Climbing out of bed and back to Big Bear's cave, Little Bear says, "You forgot to read me my story." And naturally, he falls asleep in Big Bear's lap. The soft, expressive watercolors are delightfully engaging with some amusing subtle touches: Big Bear wears an apron; Little Bear's book is 3 Ursi; and his stuffed toy is a bulbous-nosed, red-stocking-capped "teddy boy." The simple text and charming illustrations are perfectly paired for this peek into a child/bear's playhouse world that's reassured by home, a shared bedtime story and friendship. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763624392
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/27/2005
  • Series: Little Bear Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

MARTIN WADDELL is the recipient of the 2004 Hans Christian Andersen Medal for his contribution to children's literature. Of SLEEP TIGHT, LITTLE BEAR, he says, "I visited the last of my children to leave home, one of my own Little Bears. He had an empty house, but proudly showed me a new bed and a new table and a new chair . . . like the playhouses we had made when he was very small. After that, what else could I do but write the story?" Martin Waddell lives in Northern Ireland.

BARBARA FIRTH has illustrated many award-winning picture books, including the Little Bear series, which has sold more than six million copies worldwide. "I admire that Big Bear allowed Little Bear to be alone," she says. "But I was also glad that Little Bear was able to think of Big Bear's feelings, and ended up right where he belonged!" Barbara Firth lives in Middlesex, England.

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