Sleepy Bears

Sleepy Bears

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by Mem Fox, Kerry Argent
     
 

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And in winter, bears sleep. But how do you convince six not-so-sleepy bear cubs to go to bed? Mother bear, of course, has found a way.
Mem Fox, beloved author of the bestselling Time for Bed, will enchant bear cubs of all ages with this tender bedtime story, certain to inspire sweet dreams all through the night.

Overview

And in winter, bears sleep. But how do you convince six not-so-sleepy bear cubs to go to bed? Mother bear, of course, has found a way.
Mem Fox, beloved author of the bestselling Time for Bed, will enchant bear cubs of all ages with this tender bedtime story, certain to inspire sweet dreams all through the night.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"With its sweetly varied scenarios, this amiable bedtime book offers a little something for everyone."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Restful, relaxing, rhythmical rhymes to soothe any child at bedtime. Once a night may not be enough to satisfy the listener or the reader."—Bookselling This Week
"A bewitching collection of sleepy time rhymes."—Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Mother Bear's six children balk at bedding down for the winter until each cub gets a personalized rhyme. PW said in a starred review, "With its sweetly varied scenarios, this amiable bedtime book offers a little something for everyone." Ages 3-7. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Mother Bear's six children are balking at bedding down for the winter, but she coaxes them under the patchwork quilt with a clever stratagem: each cub gets a personalized bedtime rhyme. Baxter Bear hears about a pirate adventure: "Raise the skull and crossbones,/ Breathe the salty air,/ Find your treasure, count your gold,/ And sleep without a care!" In Tosca Bear's rhyme, the aspiring princess wears "a crown of diamonds for your head,/ And gorgeous gowns of silken thread." By the end, everyone is fast asleep, and it's up to a stuffed elephant to blow out the bedroom candle. Argent (previously paired with Fox for Wombat Divine) depicts the various bedtime fantasies with gusto in double-page, full-bleed spreads; one tableau showing a cub/hunter holding onto a magnificently rendered tiger by the tail is particularly striking. Following each rhyme, the book returns to the same wide-angle view of Mother and cubs under the quilt, each sleeping cub magically acquiring an accessory from his or her dream (e.g., Baxter sports an eye patch and pirate's hat; Tosca has donned crown and wimple). They look cuddly and warm, curled up together in a room suffused with golden candlelight--itself an enticement, since most children love the idea of a family bed, whether or not their parents do. With its sweetly varied scenarios, this amiable bedtime book offers a little something for everyone. Ages 3-6. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An enchanting tale from Fox (Boo to a Goose, 1998, etc.), about a mother bear readying her six little cubs for their long winter snooze. With the onset of cooler weather, Mother Bear lures her bustling offspring into bed with the promise of one final bedtime rhyme for each sibling. With her cubs tucked in around her, Mother Bear recites lullaby poems that are as unique as the little one she is addressing. She serenades her tots with tales of swashbuckling pirates, daring trapeze artists, regal queens, and indulgent sultans. Fox's honeyed verses resonate with a mother's love and consummate understanding of her child's individualism. "Moonbeams touch your precious face/And stars float by with gentle grace." Argent's amber-hued illustrations tenderly capture the cozy comfort of the bear family as they snuggle into bed by candlelight, while the more vividly colored pictures reflect the dream world Mother Bear creates. A bewitching collection of sleepy time rhymes. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152165420
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
723,218
Product dimensions:
9.87(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range:
5 - 3 Years

Meet the Author

MEM FOX is the beloved author of Koala Lou, Time for Bed, Possum Magic, and The Magic Hat, as well as many other popular books for children. She lives in Adelaide, South Australia.

KERRY ARGENT has illustrated many picture books, including Mem Fox's Wombat Divine and Dinnertime! by Sue Williams. She lives in Adelaide, South Australia.

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Sleepy Bears 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful book! It's funny and tender and lyrical. We are on our second copy of this book! My daughter insisted on hearing it every night for over 6 months!
Guest More than 1 year ago
We all love this. Mem Fox has done it again. Her books are gorgeous. The illustrations are the best. The rhymes are great. Our kids love this book and want us to read it to them constantly. I wasn't sure about buying this, but I'm so glad I did. The bears are soo cute - you just want to cuddle them - especially 'Ali Bear, Ali Bear, Tummy so tight, dreaming of scrumptiousness all through the night...'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chances are Mother Bear sings your childs favorite dream to one of her cute and cuddly kids. Every bear gets a different adventure lullaby before going to sleep until spring. This is such a great bedtime book with wonderful pictures and sweet rhymes. A must.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Perfect book for you and your little one to snuggle up with at bedtime!