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BEARS IN BEDS by Shirley Parenteau


From the Bears on Chairs series

by Shirley Parenteau & illustrated by David Walker

Age Range: 2 - 5

Pub Date: Aug. 14th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-7636-5338-5
Publisher: Candlewick

Bouncy rhyming couplets tell the story of five bears and their bedtime routine.

Big Brown Bear is the first to climb into bed, but he is soon joined by four little bears: Yellow, Fuzzy, Calico and Floppy. “Out goes the light! / It’s cozy in there. / Five warm beds / hold five tired bears.” But the peace is soon shattered by the sounds of a storm that scares the little ones out of their beds and into the safe, snuggly bed of Big Brown Bear. He knows just what to do: read a story “about three bears / and a pesky girl / with golden hair.” Soft acrylics in gentle colors complement this bedtime story that ends just where any good bedtime story should—with everyone snoring. Though the rhymes rely on the "there-bear" combination too often, this will be a great story for new readers who want to practice their skills by reading aloud to their younger siblings. Easy to read and a breeze to memorize, these little bears will soon be part of many a bedtime routine.

Little bears who are afraid of storms or who have trouble sleeping will want to cuddle up with these five friends. (Picture book. 2-5)