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Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? (Little Bear #1)

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It's bedtime, and Little Bear can't get to sleep. He's frightened of the dark, the dark all around, which not even Big Bear's largest lantern can light up. Big Bear finds a way to show Little Bear that there is no need to be afraid.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published 1988 by Walker Books
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Kathryn
4.5 STARS Awww, shucks. This is so darn cute! I really enjoyed this gentle tale (that is not without humor) about Little Bear who can't get to sleep because of his fear of the dark, and patient and resourceful Big Bear who helps him through his fears (even though Big Bear has a very exciting part of his book to read and keeps getting interrupted!) The illustrations are darling and I loved how, in the end, Big Bear wanted Little Bear to confront his fear of the dark, but did so in a very gentle a ...more
Beth
I have come across this book whilst on my first placement in a Special School. My severe learning difficulties nursery class are reading the book as part of their literacy lessons which they absolutely love. However as they are so young and don’t yet have the cognitive ability to have this book read to them fully as a class they have the story read to them as a sensory story – which I have found fascinating.

The plot of the story is about a two bears, a big bear and a little bear that live in a
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Fariha
This book is about Little Bear who cannot fall asleep because he's afraid of the dark. Little Bear tosses and turns as he tries to sleep but to no avail. Big Bear sees Little Bear in distress so he stops reading his book and gives Little Bear a small lantern to sleep with, however, it seems this isn't enough for Little Bear. Little Bear still tosses and turns so Big Bear has to stop reading his book again to get him some more light. But again, Little Bear cannot sleep because there is too much d ...more
Gurpreet
This is lovely book which enables children to get sucked into the story. It's about the a little bear who is afraid of the dark, and the big bear gets a lantern to light up his room so he can go to sleep. Each time that the little cannot sleep; big bear brings a bigger lantern each time. Until it gets to a point where the little bears bedroom is full of light yet he is still afraid of the darkness from the outside entrance of their cave (home). Eventually big bear takes little bear outside in th ...more
Jackie "the Librarian"
So cute, and so true. I love how little bear tries and tries to go to sleep, by doing somersaults and hanging half off his bed. Perfect for a bedtime book!
Niamh Delahunty
This is a story about a little bear that is afraid of the dark, yet overcomes this fear with the help of Big Bear, a portrayal similar to parent and child and hence easy to relate to the comfort sought and the comfort given.

"I don't like the dark," said Little Bear.
"What dark?" said Big Bear.
"The dark all around us," said Little Bear

This story depicts patience and kindness on the part of big bear, where he goes to great lengths to help little bear realise that the dark is nothing to be afraid o
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Alice Nachir
This book is about Little Bear who cannot get to sleep because he's afraid of the dark. Little Bear tosses and turns as he tries to sleep but cannot. Big Bear is reading a book in the next room and gets up to give Little Bear a small lantern to sleep with, however, Little Bear still can't sleep so Big Bear has brings him some more light. But again, Little Bear cannot sleep because there is still too much dark! Big Bear has an idea- he will take Little bear out of the cave and cradle him by the l ...more
Ruth
Can't you sleep, Little Bear? by Martin Waddell is a lovely story about the relationship of Big Bear and Little Bear which mirrors that of a parent and child. Little Bear is afraid of the dark and with the help of Big Bear he overcomes his fear. Themes of patience, kindness and love run through the story as it focuses on Little Bear having trouble sleeping in the dark. Big Bear, although reading his Bear Book, continues to get up and help Little Bear overcome his fear by setting up lanterns, one ...more
Sydney Freel
This story about the obstacles Little Bear and Big Bear face when Little Bear can’t sleep because of his fear of the dark. Big Bear is reading by the fire when Little Bear calls out that he is afraid and can’t sleep. Big Bear brings Little Bear lanterns in several sizes, attempting to banish the dark from the corners of their cave, but Little Bear wants more. In the end, Little Bear finally falls asleep once he is taken outside and cuddled underneath the mood and stars. Good use of Dialogue, but ...more
Kathryn Boyle
This picture book tells the story of two bears, Big Bear and Little Bear who live in a dark cave. Little Bear cannot get to sleep because he is afraid of the dark. Big Bear is trying to read a book but Little Bear keeps disturbing him.

Big Bear keeps bringing Little Bear more and more lanterns to light up the room and help him to sleep but nothing works. Big Bear then decides to take Little Bear outside to the darkness and show him that the dark is nothing to be afraid of. He shows him that the m
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Farzana
This story is about little bear that cannot speak due to being afraid of the dark. Big bear stops reading his book so that he can get a lantern for little bear. Each time big bear got s bigger lantern the little bear still was not able to sleep. Finally Big bear carried little bear in his arms and took him outside in to the dark and showed him the biggest light available 'the moon'. No sound from little bear as he is fast asleep in big bears arm.

This book allows the children to use inference and
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midnightfaerie
Why does this book have such high ratings? The illustrations are cute, but otherwise, way too repetitive to not be boring, both my 5 yr old and preschoolers had a hard time staying engaged in this story. A cute idea, but falls short, since it's way too wordy for the younger crowd, even though the concept is geared toward them.
Dolly
Jul 03, 2009 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a sweet story, and one that I can relate with. On countless nights, I have just settled down with a book when I hear, "Mama! I can't sleep!" or "Mama, I'm scared." This book does wonders for dispelling the fear of the dark as well as for encouraging the patience of parents everywhere.
Samantha Mckay
This story about what Little Bear and Big Bear go through when Little Bear can’t sleep because of his fear of the dark. Big Bear is reading by the fire when Little Bear calls out that he is afraid and can’t sleep. Big Bear brings lanterns in several sizes, trying to get rid of the dark from the their cave, but Little Bear wants more. In the end, Little Bear finally falls asleep once he is taken outside and cuddled underneath the mood and stars. This could be used in a early age grade school clas ...more
booklady
Aug 27, 2008 booklady rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to booklady by: my MiL, Grandma Bear
Oh I remember reading this to the girls! It was sweet! Since I've always called my husband, "Bear", my oldest daughter was Little Bear before she was born. Her nursery was in teddy bears. Can I tell she still sleeps with her bear?!
Julia Wickenden
Big Bear and Little Bear are in their cave. Little Bear struggles to sleep. Big Bear is trying to read, but Little Bear keeps disturbing him; he is scared of the dark. Big Bear brings larger and larger lights, but Little Bear is still afraid of the darkness outside. Big Bear takes him outside and shows him the stars, but it is the comfort of being with Big Bear which eventually makes him sleep.

This is a touching story with beautiful pictures. Little Bear's fear of the dark, the frustration of Bi
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Mollie
Amazing story! Being an insomniac child, I reckon this little book saved my life, and my mother's!
Kristina Silverbears
Big Bear's patience is laudable, and a characteristic we can all embrace. As Little Bear continues to be "afraid of the dark all around us" and Big Bear's book (titled Ursus, btw) continues to be interrupted one wonders how Little Bear will finally get to sleep.

I enjoyed the story but found there to be too much repetition. After awhile I became tongue-tied with all the Little Bear saids and Big Bear saids. But a cute story with a kind message, though I won't read this to my children again unles
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John Shelley
The best of the Bear series IMHO, text and illustrations perfectly match.
Alexander
This book is all about a mother and little bear in their cave. The little bear is trying to sleep while mother is reading her book. Unfortunately the little bear can’t sleep and keeps complaining about the dark being everywhere. The mother brings a bigger lantern each time but still there is too much dark. Finally when the whole cave is lit the little bear says it is the dark outside that he doesn’t like. And so the mother takes the little bear outside and shows him the moon. After that both fal ...more
Ambreen Bilgrami
This classic tale follows ‘little bear’ who is trying fall asleep but is unable to as he is afraid of the dark. ‘Big bear’ tries to help little bear’s dilemma by bringing in different sized lanterns that he thinks may help. However, this doesn’t work as little bear can still see some dark on the edges of the light. As a result of this, big bear takes little bear outside to see the stars and the moon – the biggest lantern yet. This seems to have done the trick as little bear falls asleep peaceful ...more
Samantha
I bought this book to use as a topic for my class, to learn about light and dark and narrative.

The children loved this story and so did I, it is about a little bear who cannot go to sleep because he is afraid of the dark. The story is about big bear trying to solve this problem until eventually he falls asleep.

The book is beautifully illustrated and the language is good in the story. I also used this book to introduce the children to questions and how we know what they are and when someone is
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Rosa Cline
Mr Waddell once again has done a wonderful job at writing a child's book. this is a perfect book for anyone but if you are a 'non traditional' family looking to find books that doesn't have momma and child, daddy and child etc. This one it simply Big Bear and Little Bear... and Big Bear is the caretaker of Little Bear. So Big Bear could be his sibling, aunt, uncle, neighbor etc. So you could change it however you would like as you read it to your child.

In this book Little Bear is having trouble
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Heidi
Looking for more dad books, as I believe this will be the first Father's Day theme I've done in storytime. I may have done one a few years ago, but nothing comes to mind. This story is adorable, especially the pictures. A little repetitive, but kids like that. I'm worried about the amount of text on some pages. I will have this on display for sure; if I can't find other things to use, then I will opt to read this one.
Candice
Aug 24, 2011 Candice rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children who are afraid of the dark
Shelves: picture-books
Since this was a book about a little bear who is afraid of the dark, I think it should probably be read only to children who are afraid of the dark. No use making a big deal out of darkness if the child doesn't. That being said, it is an adorable book about a little bear's fears and a father bear's love and patience. Little Bear can't go to sleep because of the darkness all around him, so Big Bear brings progressively bigger lanterns until Little Bear says it's the darkness outside that he's afr ...more
Joanna Marple
This is a funny, sweet, poetic story about a little bear who has a hard time falling asleep. Little Bear is scared of the dark. Yep, we’ve most of us been there. Now as Big Bear keeps getting Little Bear some progressively bigger lanterns and settling back to his book, there are some adorable illustrations of Little Bear up to some antics on his bed making one wonder if he REALLY does want to go to sleep. Lanterns won’t suffice and it isn’t until Big Bear takes Little Bear out into the dark nigh ...more
Treasure

Big Bear is trying to put Little Bear to bed in their cave so he can finish reading a book. Little Bear can’t sleep because he is scared of how dark it is. Big Bear brings over a lantern, and when Little Bear is still scared, he continues to bring more and more lanterns over. Finally, Big Bear takes him outside, where it is the darkest of all, and gives Little Bear the best possible lantern, the moon. Little Bear finally falls asleep and Big Bear sits down to read, only to soon fall asleep himse
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Jody
A sweet concept, but way too repetitive. I like the ending, and the illustrations are lovely, but I do everything in my power to get out of reading this to my five year old. Reading the same phrases over & over again drives me nuts.
Dani Paiz
This was a cute story of a little bear that's afraid of the dark. It's a good bed time story and fairly repetitive. It's good for narrative skill and phonological awareness. I'd recommend it for ages 1-4.
Susan
I liked this story's theme of a the bear being cared for, but I found the text to be awkward in places. The illustrations are nicely done and convey the message of safety and comfort.
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