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Spring Is Here (Bear and Mole)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  319 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Spring is in the air. Mole can smell it. But Bear is still asleep after his long winter nap. How will Mole wake up Bear so they can celebrate together? Full color.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 7th 2011 by Holiday House
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Memory Kopp
Spring is Here is a great tale of friendship and the excitement of the beginning of spring. Friends Mole and Bear are hibernating for the winter and spring has begun. Mole wakes up and smells the fresh spring air. He gets dressed and goes outside careful not to wake Bear. He wants to make sure it is really spring. Once he is sure, he tries to wake Bear who is snoring away. He tries tapping on the window, knocking on the door, tickling his nose and playing his horn loud. None of these ideas worke ...more
Megan Chonczynski
This is a cute children's book that talks about Spring. In this book the mole is excited, but the bear is still sleeping. This is a good book to show how bears sleep for a long period, while other animals don't. There are certain highlighted words which show the actions of the mole. For example when he felt the mud under his feet there was a "squish. squish. squish." The mole comes up with a great plan to try and wake up the bear. He makes him a huge breakfast and tells him to wake up because sp ...more
There are some great opportunities for talking with kids in this book: "do not disturb" sign--talk about what this means and why bear doesn't want to be disturbed. With my groups, we'd talked about hibernation a couple months prior so I tried to see if they remembered the word before telling them. Also, they can learn what churning is. I also asked them questions about what mole was making, why was he making food, which leads into info that bears are really hungry in the spring when they wake up ...more
What a wonderful adorable story. Two friends have been hibernating all winter. Mole awakes first to smell spring in the air but his friend Bear is still asleep. Mole designs a plan to wake up his friend Bear. But to no avail, Bear still doesn’t wake up, and all Mole can get from his friend Bear are large loud snores. Mole finally decides to make a delicious big breakfast for his good friend Bear. Bear finally awakes but now his friend Mole his tuckered out from all the attempts at trying to wake ...more
This book has MR. SCHU IS GOING TO LOVE IT written all over it. A bear, a mole, an adorable story of friendship--what more do I need? Maybe a mouse? ;)

Christine Turner
Sniff. Sniff. Sniff. Spring is in the air. Mole can smell it. But Bear is still asleep after his long winter nap. How will Mole wake up Bear so they can celebrate together? When a knock, knock, knock and toot, toot, toot can't get Bear out of bed, Mole cooks up a special treat. Spring fever is catching in this vibrant story of friendship.

Spring -- Juvenile fiction.
Moles (Animals) -- Juvenile fiction.
Bears -- Juvenile fiction
Sleep -- Juvenile fiction
Breakfasts -- Juvenile fiction.
Abhinav Agarwal
We read in "Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep", Maureen Wright's delightful book that was gorgeously illustrated by Will Hillenbrand, that Big Bear kept getting confused when told to go to sleep. Once he finally fell asleep, he slept right through winter, as bears are supposed to. Now that spring is here, Mole wakes up, smells the air, tiptoes outside and feels mud under his feet. Yes! Spring is here. It is time for Big Bear to wake up. Bear is snoring. Mole cannot get Big Bear to wake, try as he might. Wi ...more
Mole tries all he can to wake up his Friend bear as Spring begins. He tries tapping on the window, knocking on the door, and even playing the trumpet. Bear continues to snore away. After baking some pancakes, Bear wakes up to eat and Mole falls asleep after a tiring day!

Great for story time with the preschoolers for a spring book.
Large double-page picutre spreads combined with a text that begs listeners to join in and snore, culminate in a humorous twist/ending. Children will be able to relate to Mole's joy in the signs that Spring has arrived, and with Bear's attempt to stay in bed asleep for just a bit longer.
Bambini Travel
I love Will Hillenbrand's gentle stories and illustrations for young children. There is softness to his sense of humor that is pure delight. Here Mole wakes up and smells spring. He desperately want to share Spring with Bear but, despite Mole's best efforts, Bear will not wake up. Then he has an idea. If knocking and tickling and trumpeting don't work, there is one more thing to try! 2+
Franklin Park Public Library
Mole is excited to tell Bear that spring has arrived, but Bear continues to sleep. Shared in a spring-themed storytime for the Park District preschool classes. This fun story had the children laughing and guessing what Mole would do next.
Jasmine Olivia
Good lesson. The little mole is so worried about waking up bear, so he won't miss Spring, that he ends up missing it himself #toofunny
Fun, spring story used in preschool visit to the library. Students especially enjoyed the snoring sound effects.
A story of seasonal change, and how it affects others in different ways.
Maria Berg
I loved the beautiful watercolor illustrations. A fun story with a cute ending.
Went over very well at Family Storytime, especially my loud snoaring noises!
This is a cute one for a spring story time. The sound effects make it fun!
Shannon Pauley
Will Hillenbrand is awesome. Makes a great author visit
Nancy Vu
This is an adorable book about two animals (mole and bear) that is coming out of hibernation. When the mole realized that spring is here he jumps out of bed into the mud. Mole was so excited that he tries to wake bear up and and tell him that spring is here. He tries everything to wake him up. Mole gathered eggs, he milked a cow and churned the milk. He made a big meal for Bear to wake up. Finally, Bear wakes up to eat and Mole is too tired after trying to wake Bear up. Great book to learn about ...more
Apr 03, 2014 Sarah added it
Stories & Songs: Bear and Mole
When Mole awakens to the sights, sounds, and smells of spring--love that onomatopoeia with the words "squish.squish.squish"--he wants to share the experience with his friend Bear. He goes to great lengths to spread the word, even whipping up an enticing feast. By the time is ready to start the day, poor Mole is ready for a nap. Young readers and their caregivers will surely be able to relate to this experience. I loved the soft mixed media illustrations and the expressions on the faces of Mole a ...more
Sarah W
Young Mole wakes up to find spring has arrived. Excited, he tries to wake Bear up. Sticks, feathers and a trumpet are sued as wake-up tools. These are to no avail. Then Mole thinks of something that is sure to wake Bear--his sense of smell.

I love the typeset in this book. Mole's actions to wake Bear are in different colors as well as his snores.

This could be a great book to bookend with Bedtime for Bear by Brett Helquist. Bedtime for Bear covers the start of winter.
Sunnyvale Librarian
Mole wakes up one morning and discovers that Spring has arrived. Mole decides that it is his job to wake up Bear. He taps on the window, he knocks on Bear's door and tickles his nose with a feather but Bear will not awaken. Hmm, what to do? Mole has an idea and decides to cook! Bear wakes up for a tray full of goodies but someone else is snoring now. Hillenbrand's beautifully illustrated tale of Spring will have great appeal to preschoolers.
Cooper Elementary
Young Mole wakes up to find spring has arrived. Excited, he tries to wake Bear up. Sticks, feathers and a trumpet are sued as wake-up tools. These are to no avail. Then Mole thinks of something that is sure to wake Bear--his sense of smell.

I love the typeset in this book. Mole's actions to wake Bear are in different colors as well as his snores. This book would tie in well with a spring unit theme.
Mole awakens to smell spring in the air...but bear is still sleeping. Wonderful readaloud for older toddler/preschool due to onomatopoeia nicely place througout the text (e.g. "squish. squish. squish." and "toot. toot. toot."). Illustrations are large and draw the audience into the action and the sweet ending will bring a chorus of "awwwws". For a springtime storytime, this one is a winner!
Mole wakes up one morning to find that spring has come. Wanting to share this great news with his friend Bear, he goes to great lengths to wake the snoring bear. Each of mole's attempts result in a giant "snore" from Bear and the text lends itself to some great sound effects. The illustrations are terrific and the kids loved the twist at the end!
Mole wakes up and discovers that Spring has arrived. Unfortunately he can't wake his friend, Bear. After trying several ways, he finally figures out how to wake Bear from his deep slumber. Beautiful illustrations with muted colors add to the enjoyment of this book. Could be used to teach seasons, friendship, as well as past tense verbs.
Mole has awakened and is enjoying spring and wants his friend bear to join him. It does take some work to awaken bear. Love the illustrations that accompany the sparse text of this picture book. Love the colors and the bed and bedding Hillenbrand uses in this title.
A delightful story of a Mole and Bear. Mole wakes up to discover that it's spring! He tries to wake bear, but bear won't wake up. Mole decides to wake bear up by making him a great big breakfast. Once bear is awake and eating though, Mole promptly falls asleep!
Good book for a Spring theme storytime. A mole wakes up and realizes its spring, but has a hard time getting his bear housemate to wake up. You get a chance to make some sound effects while reading this one. Good for toddler as well as a pre-school audience.
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Will Hillenbrand is the illustrator of many children's books, including THIS LITTLE PIGGY, edited by Jane Yolen, and KISS THE COW! by Phyllis Root. He is also the author-illustrator of DOWN BY THE STATION. He lives in Terrace Park, Ohio with his wife, Jane, and their son, Ian.
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