Rendered with reassuring words and pastoral scenes, this soothing lullaby of a story is sure to settle even the most restless of cubs.
Mouse is rushing to her nest. In soft, dry grasses she will rest. Geese are calling, a chilly wind is blowing, and the sky is turning gray. Winter is on its way. For Mama Bear and Small Bear, that means it's time to tuck into their den for a long sleep. But Mouse is scurrying by, and Chipmunk is still gathering nuts beside the lake. And look at Hare and Skunk, still romping through the leaves! Why can't Small Bear stay up, too?
To each question, Mama Bear responds with the coziest of answers, finally painting a dreamy picture of the brightening colors and new adventures that will greet Small Bear in the spring. But first comes sleep, in this irresistible invitation to drowsy little cubs everywhere.
Reassuring, inviting bedtime fare. (Picture book. 4-8)
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PreS-Gr 2--The world is growing grayer and chillier as autumn heads into winter in the woods. Mama Bear wants her cub to head toward their den to prepare for the hibernation but Small Bear wants nothing to do with that. True to all small ones everywhere, he does not want a nap! He notices all the other animals scurrying around the forest, but Mama Bear assures him that they, too, are preparing for the long winter. All of them are seeking a safe, protected space where they will sleep through the winter. The rhyming text has a gentle pace that lulls readers as the bears head for their den. The illustrations reflect the changes from one season to the next. Fall colors dominate the first few pages but soon the snow begins to shape the landscape. By the time Mama and her cub arrive at their den, the trees and the forest floor are covered with snow and ice. Children will empathize with the cub's one last look at the falling snow and the promise that the spring will return with all its glory before they, too, will succumb to rest. VERDICT This soft, reassuring tale is ideal for teaching seasonal changes as well as the need for transitions.--Joan Kindig, James Madison Univ., Harrisonburg, VACopyright 2021 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.