Yesterday, while I was in the car with my husband, he commented that I never give any bad reviews on my site… And that’s absolutely true. I don’t take the time to give detailed information about books I don’t like. As of today, I’ll now be “recommending” picture books instead of “reviewing” them.
On to business… Today’s “recommendation” is full of party animals, just like my three-year old daughter, Amelia.
Amelia (dancing): “Let’s get on the party bus!”
Daddy: “You are never getting on any party bus.”
Amelia (sniffle, frown): “Waaaaaaaaahhhhh!!!”
Now, unlike my daughter, the party animals in Bear Snores On get to party all night until the sun comes up. Only they don’t party in a bus. They party in a cave. With a snoozing big brown bear.
“In a cave in the woods,
a slumbering bear
sleeps though the party
in his very own lair.”
What is bear’s reaction is to missing the party? Well, it’s a bit like my three year old’s reaction to missing the party bus. Except bears are scarier. But not too scary. After all, this is a charmingly-illustrated anthropomorphic rhyming tale. The upbeat rhythm of the story is lyrical, without being sing-songy.
Overall, Bear Snores On is perfect for animal, winter, and pajama storytimes, but not-so-perfect as a bedtime tale, unless you want to read it 40 times in a row. The story is the first of several books starring Bear and his friends.
Animal Planet has some videos of bears hibernating and preparing for hibernation. (Warning: The website uses Adobe Flash, which rhymes with crash. As you can see Flash and I don’t always get along well.)
Title: Bear Snores On
Author: Karma Wilson
Illustrator: Jane Chapman
Reading level: Ages 3 and up
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; 1st edition (January 1, 2002)
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