Old Man Winter keeps telling Big Bear it's time to sleep. Unfortunately, Big Bear is a little hard of hearing. Instead of sleep, he hears jeep, sweep, leap, deep, and steep. After all that exercise, Big Bear is ready for a nap.
What I thought: A good story. I loved Big Bear's misunderstanding. I'm sure kids will as well. The rhyming was good--not too over done. The repetition will make it a story time favorite. I liked the illustrations. The softness of the landscapes and the boldness of Big Bear and the other animals worked well together.
Story Time Themes: Bears, Winter, Hibernation
(Illus. Will Hillenbrand. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 2009.)