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Bear Snores on

Book - 2002 | First edition.
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On a cold winter night many animals gather to party in the cave of a sleeping bear, who then awakes and protests that he has missed the food and the fun.
Publisher: New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, [2002]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780689831874
Branch Call Number: E WIL
Characteristics: approximately 32 pages :,color illustrations ;,27 x 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Chapman, Jane 1970-


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Bear has settled down for the winter, but while he sleeps, other animals find shelter in his cave from the cold night. Soon it's a party, but everyone seems to be ignoring the bear in the cave.

Some of these books are my favourites, some are my son's. This was the book that clued me in that it's never too early to start reading to your kids. Long before he knew what this book was about, he was enjoying it.

Animals gather in bear’s cave to escape the
cold. Despite all the fun, bear stays asleep;
but for how long?

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Oct 25, 2020

This is such a warm and deliciously cozy story with playful rhyming language. My toddler loves it! <3

VaughanPLKasey Nov 16, 2019

Well-metred rhymes make this book a perfect read-aloud! As a party forms in bear's den, he continues to snore. But will the various woodland creatures manage to make it through the night without waking him?

Aug 08, 2018

This book is about a bear who sleeps through a long winter. Animals are very scary and there is a combination of animals in this book. To be honest this book makes me feel really scared because I am very afraid of animals and I don't really like them that much. The illustrations in this book look very complex and it looks very neat. I really like this book and that's why I think more people should borrow this book as soon as possible. I would recommend this book for ages 5 to 10 because I think it is suitable for that age group @Bookworm5755 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library.

Feb 26, 2018

I love this books series and this particular book didn't disappoint. I love the illustrations. My son now knows some of bears animals friends and will point them out. It is light hearted and suited for ages 2-5!

May 14, 2015

Bear is hibernating in his cave. One by one his friends come by to use the cave while bear is sleeping. Before long they have a party going. It becomes too much and wakes up bear who is upset that his friends are partying without him.

As always, the illustrations are gorgeous, rich, and colorful. They don't have quite as much characterization as the books that follow in this series.

One of things I love best about the Bear series from Wilson is how it shows such a wonderful example of friendship and caring. This book does the opposite. His friends do not care that he must stay asleep. Instead they set up a cozy and later a loud party in Bear's space. I'm sure they miss his company, but they do not show empathy for his needs. And in the end, instead of telling his friends he needs to sleep, they fall asleep and Bear is wide awake. The rhyming is also not as good as the other books. I'm glad I didn't read this book first in the series as it would have turned me off. I love all the other books I have read so far. This book is not necessary to understand the series and could easily be skipped.

bandblair Feb 17, 2015

The best storytime book!

Nov 14, 2014

LOVED this book. My kids can almost recite it. Has a great, catch rhyming to it that my toddlers adore. Plus the story is just cute.

Jun 10, 2013

My husband loved reading this one to our daughter. It has a great sing-song feel. As it's about a winter night it's a great read on a hot spring day to mentally cool off.

KRockstar10 Apr 29, 2013

Who doesn't like the Bear books? Very cute.

Aug 26, 2012

I know a lot of people love this but we thought it was just ok.

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Nov 19, 2018

Eviebug2018 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 2 and 2

Nov 14, 2014

bookBrook thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 2 and 6

Aug 13, 2008

Calgovin thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 2 and 5


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Jul 03, 2012

All of Bears friends start to go in his cave and have a party. Bear is sleeping and sleeping and sleeping. When Bear wakes up he seems sad and upset. But then his friends let him join the party and he is happy.


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Jul 03, 2012

But his friends snore on.


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