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Bear Snores On [Board book]

Karma Wilson , Jane Chapman
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Oct. 1 2005 Classic Board Books
In a cave in the woods,
in his deep, dark lair,
through the long, cold winter
sleeps a great brown bear.

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On a cold windy night, an itty-bitty mouse "pitter-pat, tip-toe, creep-crawls" into a sleeping bear's cozy lair, looking for relief from the bitter winter weather. Soon he is joined by a veritable menagerie of woodland animals, and the party begins. Popping corn, brewing tea, tweeting, and chatting, the critters enjoy themselves thoroughly while the bear slumbers through it all. Until, that is, an errant pepper flake from the simmering stew wakes him up with a giant sneeze. As the bear goes from ferocious snarls and rumbles to pitiful whimpers, his uninvited guests realize what the problem is.
You've snuck in my lair
and you've all had fun!
But me? I was sleeping
I have had none!
Not to worry. Mouse knows just what to do.

First-time author Karma Wilson and artist Jane Chapman (illustrator of Phyllis Root's One Duck Stuck) have created a charming little tale of sharing and caring that will have readers of all ages cheering at the humorous finale. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The title also serves as the book's refrain: because he's hibernating, the fluffy, snoring Bear remains oblivious as Mouse, Hare, Badger, Mole, Wren and Raven seek refuge in his cave from the blowing snow and frigid temperatures. Working in soft-textured acrylics, Chapman (Happy and Honey) makes both the biting weather and the warm, womb-like shelter of Bear's cave palpable. The once bedraggled animals perk up considerably, and first-time author Wilson describes the ensuing high spirits with a musical flair: "They tweet and they titter./ They chat and they chitter./ But the bear snores on." There's a moment of tension when Bear unexpectedly wakes up and the uninvited guests wonder if they'll be evicted. But Wilson demonstrates how well she knows her audience: the bear only bemoans the fact that he slept through all the fun; the unwitting host proves that he may be the biggest party animal of all. Ages 3-7.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Toddler really enjoys this one Aug. 18 2011
Format:Board book
Our 21 month old is really liking this story right now.... the book has a great rhythm to it, the repetition of the title line (The Bear Snores On) makes him laugh and the ending is cute too... it's one of those that's interesting enough that I don't mind reading it over and over myself either. Definitely worth the purchase! Recommended for children 18months to 3/4 years in my opinion... depending on your child's listening ability.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book! July 29 2010
Format:Board book
This is my & my son's favourite story by this author, it is fun to read anytime of the year. I actually have it memorized we have read it together so many times.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Animal insomnia June 16 2004
As I am sure you know, author Karma Wilson began her illustrious picture book writing career with the charming "Bear Snores On". Since this impressive debut, Bear has gone on to appear in further Karma Wilson outings. Yet it all began here, with a tale of hibernation and a friendly hootenanny of wild animals.

A big brown bear, his teapot and other cave utensils strewn hither and yon, is hibernating in the winter. Outside it is blustery and cold but (as we are repeatedly told), "The bear/ snores/ on". One day a timid mouse enters the lair and lights himself a small fire for warmth. No reaction from the snoring bear. Soon a hare joins the mouse and they have a cup of tea. No bearish interruptions. Then there's a badger. Then a mole, and a wren, and a raven, and a gopher. In no time at all a full flown party is in swing, ending when a small fleck of pepper causes the bear to sneeze. Suddenly he's awake and he's angry, but not for the reason you'd think. No, Bear's just upset that everyone had a party without him. But soon, the animals reassure the bear that the party can definitely continue with him, and their host entertains by telling them stories far into the night. By morning everyone is fast asleep. Except (oh irony) the bear.

There's not much to the tale, honestly, but it's not the plot that's important. Ms. Wilson has an ear for delightful cadences and rhyming sequences. Just listen to the following sequence, "An itty-bitty mouse/pitter-pat, tip-toe/creep-crawls in the cave/from the fluff-cold snow". I love how that (and every other) line scans. Accompanying these deft syllables is the art of Jane Chapman. With her guidance, the walls of the cave (illuminated by a crackling fire) glow a homey auburn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Book April 20 2004
By A Customer
This book has been a favorite in my house from day one. Great text,the phrase Bear Snores On continues throughout the book and each time it gets a little louder and I find that children like to say it with you louder and louder each time until bear finally wakes up from a pepper flake that made him sneeze. (My son's favorite part)The illustations are beautifully done and fit the text perfectly. Definitely one of my best book buys of the year. I Highly recommend Bear Snores On.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My childrens' favorite March 18 2004
By CCGal
This is the best book in the world! My kids love the rhyming and enjoy the beautiful artwork. There's so much you can add in sound effects it's great! Highly recommended for a bedtime book, cuddle time read, etc. I also own Bear Wants More, though I don't think it quite has the same charm as this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! Feb. 10 2004
By A Customer
We all LOVE this book...My 3 1/2 year old, my 1 year old and myself. The writing style and illustrations are so great, they keep my 1 year old on my lap for the whole story. It has become our most requested bedtime story and is usually read atleast twice. 5 STARS!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Jan. 25 2004
I loved this book from the cover. i have a soft spot in my heart for this type of bear,anyway.. I truely believe it is a wonderful book for teaching children about hibernation, the bear, and friendship. I love the art work and the story. I highly reccommend it to any parent as well as preschool or daycare teacher!!!!!!!!!get it at the library. Watch animal planet "growing up Grizzly 1 & 2", and let your children watch ,too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A warm story of friendship Jan. 22 2004
By Cindy
I bought this book for my 3-year old daughter based on the reviews I read on amazon.com. It exceeded my expectations with its easy prose and simply detailed illustrations, but even more with the kind story about friends coming in from the cold to gather. "Bear Snores On" quickly became her bedtime favorite, and I have yet to tire of reading it to her.
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