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The Bear in the Book Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-08-12 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 11 user ratings
ISBN:0374305919
LANGUAGE:English

" A mother reads her child his favorite bedtime story: the story of a big black bear getting ready for his own deep winter slumber. Rhythmic text and vibrant paintings capture the tender interplay between a child's nighttime ritual and a bear's annual hibernation, making this the perfect pick for a long, snowy evening. " said.

" This book works on many levels- bedtime book, science lesson, or model for would-be readers-to-children. Perhaps I've spent too long coaching beginning teachers, but I had to read this the second time to enjoy it from a child's view. The first time through I couldn't stop focusing on how well it portrays a read-aloud interaction with a child and a picture book. " said.

" This is a story about a boy reading a book about a bear in hibernation. I think kids will find it intriguing in that it's like reading a story about themselves reading the same book. It is a reflection of the reader in a way. You'll be lulled to sleep with the quiet, lyrical text and soft, fuzzy illustration. It makes a great bedtime story. " said.

" Another soothing and lyrical Kate Banks/Georg Hallensleben collaboration, this is a departure in that it's also metafiction, lushly evoking the experience of reading a familiar book while also being the familiar book. Yet it manages to keep this complex concept from overbalancing the simple and quiet intimacy of the book itself. " said.

" A perfect bedtime book for kids. It mixes fantasy with reality and is gentle and by the end everyone is ready for sleep. The language is a bump up from simple phrasing - although it does require a good attention span so this is for more experienced kids at the read-aloud routine.The rating is mine, my kids were too sleepy and relaxed to care about star ratings. " said.

" This book contains colorful illustrations that bring the seasons to life. The child in the story is going to bed and his mother is reading him a bedtime story about the bear sleeping. The story explains what happens as a bear is sleeping and just as the bear wakes up from his long winter's nap the boy falls asleep. The text has a rhythmic cadence that makes this an easy read. It also is a very calming book, great for bedtime or naptime. " said.

" A quiet bedtime book, with the ritual of a little boy choosing his favorite bedtime book, and a story of a bear hibernating (story within a story). Great modeling -- how the mother explains as she reads to the little boy, answers his questions as they share the time together (and that's what I appreciate most about this book -- the representation of this special reading time.) Author and illustrator reside in France. Illustrator of the Gaspard & Lisa books. Very painterly style. " said.

"Ehhhh...this one didn't really work for me, though I could see it being a nice, calming book to read aloud to your child before bedtime or something. That's basically what happens in the book--a mom reads a book about bears to her kid while we look on. It's kind of an odd concept, but actually sort of works. I wish the art were stronger though--it's nice, but certainly doesn't stand out. Some kids and parents might really enjoy this one, especially if they're in the mood for something restful. It doesn't really appeal to me though." said.

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