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Peace at Last

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  3,434 Ratings  ·  136 Reviews
Mr. Bear spends the night searching for enough peace and quiet to go to sleep.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 15th 1992 by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 1980)
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u1124876 UEL
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book contains some brilliant onomatopoeic words such as 'DRIP, DRIP... went the leaky kitchen tap' and 'CUCKOO! CUCKOO!' I feel that reading this aloud with the children could open up so many discussions about onomatopoeia. I think this might be a good topic for KS2 children.

Essentially this is a story about Mr Bear, Mrs Bear and Baby Bear and it tells the tale of poor Mr Bear and his constant plight to get some sleep on a really noisy night in the Bear household, garden, car etc…

Jill Murph
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
You know those nights when you can't sleep? Every noise just seems to be extra loud and you end up lying wide awake, just listening?

Well that is how this book starts. Mr Bear is trying to sleep but noises keep disturbing him so he goes place to place to sleep for the night with less and less success.

Amusing till the end. And any parent can relate to its ending so it will likely bring a chuckle or smile to your day. This would probably be perfect on those nights the children just can't seem to s
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Oh no!! I can't sleep here" are words I hear again and again from children imitating this story book. Filled with colourful pictures and simple sentences, it creates a perfect story for circle time. Onomatopoeia within the story I find is very effective in grabbing childrens attention and also enabling them to join in with the sounds in the story. Alliteration such as "Tick, Tock,Tick, Tock! went the living room clock" within this story book alongside repitition and rhyme means children are exp ...more
Jon Saunders
Mar 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
A picture book about all the sounds at night that keep Mr Bear awake, from his wife's snoring to a dripping tap. The story follows Mr Bear as he tries to find somewhere quiet to sleep.

A good book for EYFS if you want to discuss sounds and highlight the importance of getting a good nights sleep. I read it in nursery and the children got really involved in the story, joining in with making the noises and trying to guess what sounds would keep Mr Bear awake in each location. Lots of opportunity for
Sophie Harman
I really enjoyed reading this book, and remember reading it as a child myself.
Poor Mr bear cannot sleep. He attempts to find somewhere more peaceful, however is distracted by all the different noises that occur throughout the night. After many attempts Mr bear finally finds somewhere peaceful to sleep, however is then woken up by the alarm clock!
I love the authors use of words representing sounds, such as 'TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK'. This is an enjoyable book with great illustrations. This book wou
Sofyia Ali
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peace at Last is a funny book as Mr Bear explores many avenues in order to get some sleep, however the noises around the house keep him awake. Murphy makes good use of onomatopoeia as the words that represent sounds keep the reader engaged and make the book more exciting. Sadly when Mr Bear does nodd off to sleep the alarm goes off, which results to Mr Bear not getting any sleep at all. However he does get a lovely, hot cup of tea.
Meh. It was alright for me. The bears trying to find a peaceful place to sleep in a noisy house was rather humorous, but also not especially captivating. I liked Jill Murphy's illustrations of witches and cats better (see "The Worst Witch") but these are still pleasant and I am glad she included a hedgehog in the garden ;-)
Laura Gratwohl
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peace at last is a lovely story of daddy bear trying to find places at home to get some sleep. It's a story we can all related to when sleep has been tricky to get. The book is full of great pictures and rhythm.
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every time I have read this, I've found the children have enjoyed it! It allows for lot's of opportunities for the children to join in/ ask questions and atc out experiences. I found it worked okay as a planning base or activities (2 year old room, nursery).
Matilda Moir
This is a very sweet book about a father bear who can't get to sleep because of all the noise, he tries all the rooms in the house and outside but he cannot get to sleep anywhere. The first page is the only page with a colour picture and writing. We can see the house framed in a rectangle, helping us identify the scene. The angular lines of the path automatically draw our eyes to the house, which is clearly the focal point. For the rest of the book the left hand side page has writing and a black ...more
Emily Hughes
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peace At Last, written by Jill Murphy, is about how Mr Bear could not sleep because of different noises. He started in bed with Mrs Bear but he could not sleep because of her snoring. He then went to different rooms in the house and even outside to car to try to get some peace and quiet, for him to get to sleep. He was still kept up by different noises such as the clock going tick-tock, the cat going meoooww and the humming of the fridge. Finally when Mr Bear decided to go back to bed and fell a ...more
Rebecca Oblein
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Peace at last” is another one of my favourites as a child and is a great interactive book. The story follows a family of bears who go off to bed but Mr Bear struggles to sleep as Mrs Bear starts to snore he then makes his way to various rooms around the house trying to get some sleep but there are always noises keeping him awake from the kitchen the tap “drip, drip” to the clock in the living room “tick-tock”. Mr Bear leaves each room saying "Oh NO!", "I can't stand THIS." Mr Bear then proceeds ...more
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is about a family of bears who go off to bed but unfortunately, Mr Bear struggles to sleep due to Mrs Bears extremely loud snoring. Mr Bear tries to sleep in various different areas within the house but fails to do so, as he is constantly presented with obstacles that prevent him from falling asleep; the clock goes ‘tick, tock, tick, tock’ whilst the kitchen tap leaks, ‘drip, drip’. Jill Murphy constantly uses repetition and rhyme through the story, both repetition and rhyme are very c ...more
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 5-7 year olds
Poor old Mr Bear, is a few hours sleep too much to ask for? This book is about Mr and Mrs Bear and baby bear. Mr Bear couldn't get any sleep and travelled around the house to find a peaceful place to sleep. He even went outdoors but to his luck there was no peaceful place to be found.

Jill Murphy has good use of onomatopoeia in this book, such as 'TICK-TOCK, TICK-TOCK, CUCKOO! CUCKOO!' as well as 'DRIP, DRIP....went the leaky kitchen tap'. I like the way the author shows that there are sounds all
Roshni Hirani
Oct 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Peace at Last" is a book about Mr Bear who just cannot get any sleep. The story starts with Mr Bear, Mrs Bear and Baby Bear all going off to bed. However, Mrs Bear falls asleep and starts snoring, which keeps Mr Bear awake. The story proceeds to follow Mr Bear around the different rooms in his house, and even outside, as he searches for somewhere peaceful to sleep.
He goes all through his house, the garden and even his car, before he eventually heads back to his own bed, only to be woken up by
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book I will never forget, I read this book when I was in school in Year One and remember it ever since, it is a book that allows children to think what subjects or objects make certain sounds, giving them the opportunity to think. In this book Mr Bear finds it very difficult to sleep due to the noise around him, he moves around the house in different rooms to find comfort, but wherever he goes there is no silence. Murphy uses onomatopoeia to describe the sounds of the noise, e.g. DRIP… ...more
Joe Steward
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book I used in a lesson during my first placement with my reception class, immediately I can say it is a book which has stood the test of time as I remember being taught it when I was in primary school.

I found this edition of Jill Murphy's classic picture book ideal for sharing with groups of children. The story follows Mr Bear when it's late at night and is desperately trying to sleep, but Mrs Bear's extremely loud snoring keeps him awake. After this he tries to sleep in many other ar
Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peace at Last is a fantastic bedtime story which tells the tale of father bear who has trouble getting to sleep as the noises during the night continuously keep him awake. As he visits the different rooms inside the house and even results to going outside he is still unable to find a peaceful place to sleep.

I think that this is a terrific book to use in the classroom as it can be used to introduce and to also get the children to think about the different sounds that they can hear in their own e
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peace at Last is the story of Mr Bear's quest for a quiet night's sleep. The story starts by introducing the family of bears Mr Bear, Mrs Bear and Baby Bear. They are all very tired after their long day and are going upstairs to go to sleep. Mrs. Bear falls asleep straight away and begins to snore loudly so Mr Bear finds it difficult to get to sleep. He goes to sleep in Baby Bear’s room but he is still awake playing aeroplanes and making loud noises. Mr Bear goes around the whole house trying to ...more
Tracey Young
May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bright colourful pictures accompany the simple, repetitive text of this delightful storybook.
Children will lots of fun in all the wonderful sound effects "TICK-TOCK...went the living room clock...TICK-TOCK, TICK-TOCK. CUCKOO! CUCKOO! "Oh NO!" ideal for children to join in with. Mr bear can’t get to sleep! It's late at night and Mr Bear is desperately trying to sleep but Mrs Bear snores so he tries Baby Bear's room, but Baby Bear is pretending to be an aeroplane so there's no peace there. Room by
Mark Rasem
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wrestless Mr. Bear is unable to get to sleep due to the constant distractions in his family household. The reader is led along from one room to another, each with a different noise or distraction that prevents Mr. Bear from dozing off, whether it be the snoring of Mrs. Bear in the bedroom, or the dripping tap in the kitchen.
The story concludes with Mr. Bear finally able to nod off to sleep, only to be awaken by morning alarm clock!
The story is full of a great variety of sounds that could be br
Mehrin Ahmed
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Peace at Last’ by Jill Murphy is a funny yet educational book for key stage one as well as the foundation stage. It tells the story of Mr Bear who struggles to sleep and encounters many noises during the night. Murphy’s brilliant use of onomatopoeia like ‘tick-tock’, ‘cuckoo’ and ‘drip drip’ engages young readers and appeals to their auditory senses. The illustrations too are colourful and details appealing to their visual senses.

An excellent book for circle which allows children to join in wi
Shanaz Khan
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of my favourites when I was young. Its a story about a family of Bears and Daddy Bear finds it hard to go to sleep because lots of sounds within the house keeps him awake. Children find it funny that Daddy bear cannot sleep. It is also fun for the children to mimic the different sounds in the story which would link in with acting/drama. The loud noises include snoring where children could make the sound. The 'nyaaow' sound of an areoplane so they could physically act out the mot ...more
Orla Byrne
Nov 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peace At Last is a lovely book to read to young learners or for young readers to tackle themselves. The use of rhyming and repetition throughout appeals to children and encourages them to engage with the story. A variety of drama and role play activities can coincide with the telling of the story and children enjoy recreating the various sounds which prevent Mr.Bear from gaining a peaceful night's sleep. Children also enjoyed revisiting the story to see if they can guess which noises keep Mr.Bea ...more
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this to my Reception children in SEA and they loved it. The story kept them engaged and listening. It is one of those books that they can listen to over and over again. The children enjoyed -reading along with the noises of the night; ‘TICK-TOCK, TICK-TOCK went the clock’ and ‘SNORE, SNORE went Mrs Bear’.

The use of onomatopoeic sounds was brilliant for the kids and was an excellent way to get them talking about the sounds they hear at home and at school. The illustrations are colourful and
Rukshana Begum
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another one of my old time favourite books. It is about Mr Bear not being able to go to sleep. He goes to different rooms in the house to try and get to sleep but he hears several different noises that keep him awake throughout the night. Eventually he ends up back into bed and just as he falls asleep, the alarm clock goes off.

I think this book is suitable for KS1 children as it has lots of big, bright pictures and little text. It can also be read to EYFS pupils.

This book will be good t
Jennifer Michael
This book is a childhood favourite. Peace at last is a great story for cross curriculum work for maths, english, science, geography, pshe and art. The book has lovely big pictures and not too many words on each page wgich is good for children as they are not bombared with to many words and being put off. Additionlly the children can relate to the story of daddy bear not being able to sleep and sounds being made within the story. This book is great for being used as a story bag too! I can not fid ...more
Gemma Varcianna
I enjoy reading Jill Murphy books to my son at night he always joins in because the repetition of the book but the imagery is nicely done, my son always laughs at the bags under daddy bears eyes as the night goes on! The book involves every day items that children can relate to this especially helpful to my 2 year old son who is learning to recognise letters. Good for EYEFS and KS1. The only thing I would say the ending feels a little cut short so maybe as a teacher youget the children to think ...more
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very fond memories of this book from my childhood! Mr.Bear can't sleept at night so he tries sleeping in different places both in and out of the house-only to come back inside and find some peace at last. As I had good memories of this book, I found it in the classroom during SEA and read it to the Reception class-telling them how I loved the book as a child. They were really engaged with the story and found it hilarious that Mr. Bear even went outside in the car to try and sleep! The illustrati ...more
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Jill Murphy is a London-born English children's author, best known for The Worst Witch series and the Large Family picture books. She has been described as "one of the most engaging writers and illustrators for children in the land."

Jill Murphy was born in London and attended the Ursuline Convent in Wimbledon which, together with the boarding school stories she enjoyed reading, provided much of th
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