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Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep

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When winter's snow creates a soft blanket of silence, nothing is more comforting than curling up under a cozy quilt. Whether slumber awaits in a warm bed, a rocking hammock, or a nest of leaves, the feeling of comfort and the infinite world of dreams are universal.

This reassuring lullaby will calm any child to sleep, while Brooke Dyer's gentle illustrations show that the l
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 6th 2007 by HarperCollins (first published 2007)
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Laurie
Dec 23, 2014 Laurie rated it liked it
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Amy
Jan 08, 2017 Amy rated it really liked it
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A sweet bedtime story that introduces hibernation to preschool age children
Felicity The Magnificent
Aug 11, 2011 Felicity The Magnificent rated it it was amazing
In the book it was winter and all the animals were going to sleep. And the little child was going up in the air in her bed. The bats were hanging. The turtle was snoozing in a box. The gopher was sleeping in the bed. But the animals were not real. They were just a little girl's toys. The animals were the girl's toys that went up in the night in her bed. This is a good book to reading at night, since it's a good night book. - by Felicity
Shannon Jackson
Aug 29, 2012 Shannon Jackson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
Sleep Black Bear, Sleep is a perfect bedtime book. The text is soothing and familiar, the illustrations are warm and whimsical. It is such a completely cozy book to curl up with my kiddos before bedtime.
Mandy
Oct 07, 2012 Mandy rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
See how the animals sleep, nap, doze, etc. during the frigid winter season.

Before reading the book, brainstorm all the synonyms or words that have the same meaning as sleep. Discuss the factual information on what these animals actually do in the winter.
Rosa Cline
Sep 21, 2014 Rosa Cline rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, bedtime
This is a very good book... bedtime book, hibernation book, poetry book, etc. Each page has a different woodland animal that 'hibernates' for winter and has a small beautiful descriptive poem for that animal and the last one is for a child.
Meghan Armstrong
Apr 10, 2009 Meghan Armstrong rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Seth Koehler
Recommended to Meghan by: Louisa
By far my favorite of Ellary's books. The illustrations are captivating and detailed in the most charming way. I find myself spending time on each page just taking everything in. Fortunately Ell doesn't mind.
Courtnie
Sep 18, 2012 Courtnie rated it liked it
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A little long, but fun to read aloud because of the rhyming lilt. It was fun explaining the badger to Nicholas, as that was a 'new' animal to him. The illustrations were pretty. It was a sweet bedtime book.
Cana
Oct 22, 2008 Cana rated it really liked it
Mommy says: Soothing tale about different animals bedding down for winter hibernation.
Lori Smith
This book is appropriate for grades 1 and 2. It supports the teaching of the seasons (winter) and hibernation. It shows which animals hibernate.
Elizabeth
Feb 05, 2009 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
When Groundhog Day chased the groundhog away for 6 more weeks of winter, I read this book to children about all the animals that are still hibernating. A lovely, lyrical, whimsical book.
Rose
Dec 09, 2008 Rose added it
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Good bedtime story.
Rachel
Oct 19, 2010 Rachel rated it it was ok
A great book to teach about rhyming words and literacy. The book also has some amazing adjectives so it could be used for a grammar lesson as well.
Tracy Morton
Dec 05, 2012 Tracy Morton rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
Long and boring. Not great for storytime but would probably be ok for bedtime.
Melanie
May 05, 2016 Melanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: toddler-books
I loved the rhythmic wording of this book. I was reading it aloud and it practically rocked me to sleep! Definitely a good book to buy someone expecting a baby.
Isela
Feb 11, 2011 Isela rated it liked it
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Cute bedtime story book that introduces several animals sleeping. It has colorful pictures with many descriptive words.
Dolly
Nov 24, 2008 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Sweet poetic lullaby about animals hibernating for the winter. The words are repetitive and soothing and the illustrations are engaging.
Rheta Thola
Aug 13, 2012 Rheta Thola rated it liked it
Shelves: lydia-s-books
I thought that the pictures were very cozy feeling, and found the story line enjoyable. Lydia was not interested at all, so it is probably better for an older child.
Tricia
Dec 28, 2007 Tricia rated it liked it
bedtime book, like a lullaby. shows different animals going to sleep.
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