Monday, December 13, 2010

A Bedtime for Bear by Bonny Becker

That lovable pair, Bear and Mouse, return in this nighttime tale. Bear is a particular sleeper--everything has to be just so and very quiet. When Mouse comes to spend the night, Bear finds his bedtime peace disturbed. Only after having a monster hunt can he sleep. Mouse sleeps quite contentedly...after he puts on earmuffs. Bear snores, you see.

What I Thought: Bear and Mouse as characters just keep improving. This story is great. I love how Bear is the "fraidy cat" and not Mouse. Becker doesn't follow the normal stereotypes. Denton's illustrations are as beautiful and detailed as ever. look for the apple core and Bear's hat collection. My favorite illustration is (scared) Bear wrapped up in his blanket after he wakes Mouse up.

Story Time Themes: Bears, Mice, Bedtime, Friendship

(Illus. Kady MacDonald Denton. Candlewick, 2010)

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