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Bear Dreams

3.19  ·  Rating Details ·  91 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
One autumn afternoon a bear cub disobeys his mother and his father and goes outside to play with his friends.

This bear cub, you see, does not want to go to sleep for the winter, or even for one minute. This bear cub has big ideas and big plans and big dreams. Bear dreams.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 29th 2006 by Greenwillow Books
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Nov 15, 2011 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books, fall
Bear doesn't want to sleep, but rather to play with the other animals -- hares, moose, geese (he even flies with the geese in a really cute picture.)Short text, premise that preschoolers can identify with (especially those who resist naps), good for storytime about fall/approaching winter/hibernation. Predictably he is worn out after so much play and the mother and father bear carry him back to the cave to sleep until spring.
Stefany Boleyn
A cute and short book for my bear storytime. I read it to most of the classes, but the language isn't really natural for storytime (and the bear is a little whiny). However, the drawings are wonderful, and it was fun having the kids guess what different animals are (such as the beaver is a bear, apparently). Lots of fun.
Mar 15, 2017 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Nice simple hibernation story, with clear illustrations. Good for a read-aloud with pre-K.
Summary: A young little bear didn't want to hibernate with his parents, so he went out to find his friends. He wanted to do all kinds of things and never wanting to stop and rest. He raced with his rabbit friends, wrestled with his moose friends, and climbed with the birds. He did so many things that he started to get sleepy. He fell asleep outside of his family's cave and slept until spring.

Major Themes: The major theme of this book is about animal behaviors and listening to your parents.

Jan 22, 2012 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, 2012
This is a sweet book that depicts a little bear who just does not want to settle down for his winter nap. The plot reminds me of other picture books we've read with this theme, such as Little Brown Bear Won't Take a Nap! and Bedtime for Bear. The narrative here is very simple, as are the watercolor illustrations. We enjoyed reading this story together.
Nov 05, 2009 VegasGal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009
Nice illustrations and cute premise about a bear wanting to know why he has to go to sleep in the winter while other animals get to frolic, but the abrupt end without an explanation ruins this story.
Jan 19, 2012 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short and sweet. Went over well during storytime. Good read-aloud for preschoolers.
Jun 05, 2012 Jackie rated it it was ok
Baby bear is fed up with this sleeping/hibernation stuff. He wants to play! Bear has big dreams!
Ruth Ann
Perfect for a fall storytime.
Dec 20, 2016 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
December 2016 - a short text and really fantastic illustrations. I love Cooper's style. Ben has chosen this one a few times.
Nov 04, 2015 Esodhiambo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: primary
Katie Fitzgerald
Read at preschool story time on 12/5/11:
I love this book! I LOVE all of the different and unique wild animals in the book and I love the message that it sends...sometimes family knows best!
Sep 22, 2015 Peacegal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Cute watercolor illustrations. Obviously a bedtime book meant to encourage kids to go to sleep.
Sep 06, 2011 Ellen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My toddler and I were both bored despite the nice illustrations.
Carol Mcgloshen
A good book for children to see that they can dream about things outside of what is considered normal for them to do
Bear tells his animals friends what he would rather do rather than "stay in a cold cave, sleeping." Active toddlers and their parents can relate.
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