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Spring Is Here

(Bear and Mole)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  538 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
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.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 7th 2011 by Holiday House
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Chance Lee
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-it
If you want someone to get out of bed for the love of god make them breakfast first -- great lesson.
John
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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? ;)

Asho
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Looking at Hillenbrand's Goodreads page just now made me realize that Mole and Bear are characters in a series of books. I'll have to look for some of the others at the library, because my 3-year-old daughter really enjoyed this one. She grabbed it from the Spring display at the library and we read it together before leaving the children's area, then brought it home for more bedtime reading. She gets a big kick out of Bear snoring away and by our second time through she was saying "Snore!" at th ...more
Amy Oberts
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
The unexpected ending of this story makes it an endearing read-aloud to share with young listeners/readers. The simplistic illustrations and sparse text are well-paired, making this a nice selection to feature during storytimes set during the change of seasons.
Sylvia
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
A cute story of a mole trying to wake his hibernating bear friend for Spring. Lively illustrations. A funny ending. 2-4 year old recommended.
Kelly
It was okay. The story is light with no heavy moral. Two friends wake from a long winter's nap. But there is some neat potential for a storytime read.
Memory Kopp
Feb 25, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Abhinav Agarwal
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Megan Chonczynski
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jill
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Genee121
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Kate Puleo Unger
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I bought this book for Christopher for Easter when he was 2 years old, so it's another book that we've read a bunch, and now he got to read it on his own. Mole tries to wake Bear up all day long, but he just snores and snores. I remember little Christopher doing the snoring noises over the years. In the end, when Bear finally wakes up, it's Mole who's snoring, exhausted after his busy day of making Bear breakfast. It's funny and sentimental, a great read for ages 3-6.

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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.

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Barbara
Jun 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ncbla
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
Nancy Vu
Apr 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Mar 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-picture-books
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.
Sarah W
Mar 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Ina
Apr 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytime-reads
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!
Matthew
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't bad. I read the other books in the series and this kind of maintains the "goodness" of the whole thing. I liked it. Mole is having a rough time getting Bear to wake up and nothing he does is helping. Honestly, there are plenty of bear hibernation stories like this. This is right up there with the rest of them. Enjoyable.
June
Mar 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: spring requests
Jauna & Katie joined in with the tapping, knocking and tooting. 3/20/14

This was grabbed after story time. The children enjoyed the above actions and the snoring. 4/1/14

Worked in Story Time again. 3/26/15

This was a hit again at story time. Maybe we got carried away with the snoring...
Erin Buhr
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
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+
Shawna
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookaday
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.
Tricia
Apr 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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!
Renee
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Melissa
Perfect for toddler storytime. A "season" story with an actual plot, simple but not bland illustrations, and a funny ending even the youngest listeners can "get." Plus, how can you not be charmed by a kitchen that has both a churn *and* a blender?
Hilary
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Janet
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Debby Baumgartner
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: friendship
Bear will not awake for spring so his friend the mole is determined to find a way to awaken him In the end, the mole is so exhausted, that he can not stay awake to enjoy the arrival of spring with bear.
Read  Ribbet
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Hillenbrand's book is beautifully illustrated with a minimalist story that features sound words and great action verbs to tell a great tale of a mole trying to wake up his friend Bear when spring arrives.
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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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