Books by Barbara Firth

SLEEP TIGHT, LITTLE BEAR by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

This winning author/illustrator team scores again with their fifth tale of Big Bear and Little Bear. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

After Buster Rabbit, Stan Badger, and Sarah Mouse gallop by, Harry Tortoise sets off at his own deliberate pace to find "someone not quick who has time to play with a tortoise." Read full book review >
TOM RABBIT by Martin Waddell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Read this to your bunny (to paraphrase Rosemary Wells) only if you're prepared for repeat performances. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Shades of The Velveteen Rabbit: young Sammy takes his plush friend Tom out one day to see "real rabbits," then runs off, distracted. Read full book review >
YOU AND ME, LITTLE BEAR by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"The bears, once again the quintessence of charm, remain the smiling teddy bears so many readers have scooped up with open arms; the day may gently remind parents to make time to play, a message sufficiently softened, to be heard with the heart. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Waddell and Firth (Let's Go Home, Little Bear, 1993, etc.) have come up with another winning foray into the lives of the lovable Big Bear and Little Bear. Read full book review >
BEARS IN THE FOREST by Karen Wallace
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A good idea executed with neither flair nor feeling. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 3+)"
A dull account of a year in the lives of two bear cubs and their mother. Read full book review >
WAG WAG WAG by Peter Hansard
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"All three are fine early informational books; Wag Wag Wag is outstanding. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 2-7)"
The simplest and most disarming of three attractive new entries, all about domestic animals, in the Read and Wonder series. Read full book review >
LET'S GO HOME, LITTLE BEAR by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Firth re-creates these endearing characters in soft pencil and watercolors of mostly brown and snow-shadow blue, in a relaxed style that perfectly captures the affectionate mood. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The beguiling bears introduced in Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? (1992) are coming back from a walk in the snowy woods. Read full book review >
SAM VOLE AND HIS BROTHERS by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"The well-honed, repetitive text would also make an amusing easy reader. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Whenever little Sam goes out ``voling,'' his big brothers come too; whatever he brings home to Mother—nuts, daisies— Arthur and Henry bring more of it. Read full book review >
CAN'T YOU SLEEP, LITTLE BEAR? by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: March 5, 1992

"Perfect for bedtime, or anytime. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In this comforting story about a big bear trying to help a little bear overcome his fear of the dark, both the affectionate humor and the beguiling variations on a repetitive theme are reminiscent of Minarik's classic Little Bear (1957); but this British team gives a fresh flavor to the old formula. Read full book review >