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Gather your little cubs and snuggle up for bedtime with Starry Night, Hold Me Tight. It is a story full of humor, love, and motherly wisdom, intermixed with wintry activities such as sledding and making snow angels. In this charming picture book, Baby Bear learns how to share with friends, put away his toys, and that throwing snowballs at Momma Bear is not polite! With warm, lovable verse and simplistic, adorable illustrations, this book will turn nighttime routines into ...

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Overview

Gather your little cubs and snuggle up for bedtime with Starry Night, Hold Me Tight. It is a story full of humor, love, and motherly wisdom, intermixed with wintry activities such as sledding and making snow angels. In this charming picture book, Baby Bear learns how to share with friends, put away his toys, and that throwing snowballs at Momma Bear is not polite! With warm, lovable verse and simplistic, adorable illustrations, this book will turn nighttime routines into treasured time together.

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PreS-K—In the overcrowded field of mother-bear-and-her-cub books, this bedtime story breaks no new ground and reads like a drawn-out, saccharine greeting card. The slight plot follows the polar bears through their nightly activities, including much cuddling and hugging, catching fish, and playing in the snow with other bears, and ending with the pair falling asleep. Didactic moments abound: "Today's lesson: to be a good friend, one must share." The blue-gray, full-page backgrounds dotted with white snow effectively convey the peaceful atmosphere of a polar night. They contrast nicely with the stylized white bears, outlined in black. Unfortunately, endearing illustrations do not atone for the clunky rhymes, e.g., "Big bear hugs, morning, noon, and night./Momma's love helps Baby/soar like a kite," or "Baby Bear loves to make angels/in the fallen snow./On the most perfect one, Baby will place a bow." Children will be better served by Jeff Mack's Hush Little Polar Bear (Roaring Brook, 2008) or Lauren Thompson's Polar Bear Night (Scholastic, 2004)—Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY
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This debut is a treacly tribute to a mother polar bear's love for her child. Gentle, rhyming verse that too often fails in its rhythm both outlines how a mother's love helps her child grow and describes how the child spends his day. "Big bear hugs, morning, noon, and night. / Momma's love helps Baby soar like a kite. / Adventures will help Baby Bear learn and grow. / Even when he plays in the snow." From sliding on the snow and making snow angels to learning how to share and put away toys, Sagendorph tries to pack too much into a story that is already lacking in cohesion--instead of following the pair sequentially through a day, it feels like a hodgepodge of snapshots and lessons. And with verses such as, "When Baby Bear puts away his toys, / Momma Bear is filled with lots of joy," the lackluster text fails to impress. Siebold's illustrations are simple in a lovely way, suiting the youngest of listeners. The barest of details outline the bears, and the spreads are primarily white and shades of greenish-blue. This doesn't even come close to the many great bedtime/lullaby books out there with a similar "Mommy loves you" theme. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762440665
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Sagendorph is a licensing agent, veteran of the entertainment industry, and first-time author. She lives in New York where she’s obsessed with books, butter, and flea markets.

Kim Siebold has been designing for over 17 years, and has been illustrating since she was very young. She currently lives in her home state of Minnesota. Please visit her at kimsieboldstudios.com.

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