Howard McWilliam (Illustrator)
What I Loved: The illustrations in this book were beautiful and thoughtful. The artwork felt so finished, you could be a part of the story and it was wonderful. I provided an image below so that you can see the colors and how well each section was created. It was excellent!
How I Felt: Oh I felt for this mama bear! She just wants to go to sleep for the winter, but Baby Bear is pulling out all the stops to stay up. The mama bear’s reactions are perfect and I felt myself connecting to her frustration and exhaustion. My favorite part was the last line in the story when she thinks she’s gotten him to sleep and he sits up and asks if it’s spring yet! Oh I giggled! After the story is finished, the author has added a section about bears and their hibernation routines, which my daughter and I found to be a wonderful addition to the book!
To Read or Not To Read: This is a great book for young preschoolers through early elementary school. The pictures are bright and help to tell the story and its just right for that age.
What’s This Book About Anyway?
It’s time to hibernate for the winter. Mama Bear is ready, but Baby Bear needs just one more snack. And then one more drink. And then so on and so forth. Mama Bear keeps her cool for a long time, but finally has to say “Enough”. This gets Baby Bear to realize it is time to sleep….but can he go to sleep?
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I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am providing my honest review freely.
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