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Little Bear Dreams

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  15 reviews
A cozy and whimsical ode to polar opposites

Of what do little bears dream? Bright snowflakes perhaps... Or dark starry nights. Hot chocolate... Cold pizza. Straight horizons... And curly moustaches.

This gentle and imaginative tale takes readers on a journey of wintry opposites, including the expected and the unexpected. The sky's the limit when a little polar bear dreams, s
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 8th 2018 by Phaidon Press (first published 2018)
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Laura Harrison
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, gentle and fun. Lots of polar bear/baby polar books out there. This one is unique and extra special. Great as a winter or anytime read.
Raven Black
Jan 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
I always dislike when a book I want to like does not "make it" for me. I know that there was a lot of work and love put into this book, and it will be perfect for someone, I am just not that someone. This would be perfect in a medium sized board book format. ...more
A polar bear is given human characteristics including eating pizza an blue ice.
Kirsti Call
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Beautiful illustrations and spare text make this a lovely bedtime book for any toddler. Little polar bear dreams of "big love...and small friends" and "straight horizons...and curly mustaches." These unexpected opposites make for a fun read aloud. ...more
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
The kindergarteners liked it lots. I love the opening question, "Of what do little bears dream?" because of how it opens us up for writing. The pictures are exquisitely bold. (And the kids love the moustache page, but I don't get it. I mean, I get it. I just don't get it.) It's a wonderful echo of Elizabeth Cody Kimmel's What Do You Dream? (and my unpublished homage to hers, I Asked My Hand Its Dream -- send for your own copy today!).

After reading this, in our writing time, Emery, age 6, wrote:

Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love the illustrations and the spare prose.
Rebecca Gomez
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A sweet bed time story that subtly introduces opposites. The beautifully simple illustrations are done in mostly blues that give it a soothing feel.
Yuki Shimmyo
This whimsical picture book invites readers to imagine what polar bears might dream about. Some of the dreams are logical (bright snowflakes, dark skies), while others are pure silly fun (mustaches and party hats). The book ends with the parent and child polar bears curling up to sleep, making this a perfect bedtime story.

Paul Schmid's illustrations are a real standout here. Understated yet beautiful, they use simple shapes and plain backgrounds to define the polar bears and the arctic landscape
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Simple story. Calming
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
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Simple story line for preschoolers and toddlers. Takes the reader through the possible dreams of a little bear as he settles down for sleep.
Illustrations are simple and the text is easy to read.
Jeri  Goins
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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The illustrations of this book are simple and beautiful. It's darling and sometimes unexpected - like the polar bear likes cold pizza! ...more
Opposites, bears and words oh my
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Using high contrast cool tones, little polar bear and her dad explore together and enjoy favorite things, family and friends in this heart-warming picture book.

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