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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 lairNot to worry. Mouse knows just what to do.
and you've all had fun!
But me? I was sleeping
I have had none!
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.
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.
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I absolutely love this book, and so does my son. You'll catch yourself saying these rhymes throughout the day because they stick in your head. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Shopper 89734
The book is really cute and my daughter (1.5 year old) likes it but I am a bit picky about messages books are putting across. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2013 by Stephanie Gross
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... Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2011 by buyslotsofbooksonline
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.Published on July 29 2010 by Michelle Clarke
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... Read morePublished on April 20 2004
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! Read morePublished on March 18 2004 by SuburbanHousewifeMN
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2004