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Little Brown Bear won't take a nap!
Dyer, Jane.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Little, Brown, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Unwilling to settle down for his winter sleep, Little Brown Bear heads south with a flock of geese, but eventually he finds that he misses his nice bed at home.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.1 0.5 66528.
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Collins Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Hamburg Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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North Collins Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Orchard Park Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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Audubon Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Frank E. Merriweather Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Capturing the thrill of a little one's first adventure, this is the story of a young bear who travels south for the winter instead of hibernating. Then one day, Little Brown Bear misses his cozy bed and thinks about how his parents must miss him. Full color.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS^-Gr. 1. Like most toddlers, Little Bear doesn't want to take a nap. It seems like much more fun to go with the geese he sees outside his window and, fortunately, he finds that some geese take the train rather than fly ("It's more relaxing, and we enjoy the ride"). Once south, Little Bear enjoys the beach, but he tires himself out, and when his sand cave is washed away by a wave, he realizes it is time to go home. Some geese help him fly back north, and he manages to sneak into bed before his parents realize he is gone, only to complain upon being awakened, "I didn't even sleep!" So why is there sand in his eyes? Toddlers will love Dyer's clear, tender watercolor illustrations that show the funny naptime rebellion, the dreamlike adventure, and the coziness of home. Always Little Bear is encircled in a warm embrace, whether it's his parents' hugs as they put him to bed or the graceful curving bodies of the geese that help him travel far away and bring him safely back. --Diane Foote

Publisher's Weekly Review

Dyer (I Love You Like Crazy Cakes), in her authorial debut, explores a time-honored childhood fixture resistance to bedtime via a cub facing a long winter. When hibernation time arrives, Little Brown Bear isn't interested. "I won't take a nap!" he says. When he spies a migrating flock, he asks his parents, "Do geese have to sleep all winter?" They tell their son that geese fly south instead. So, after they tuck him in and retreat to their own bed, the intrepid youngster packs a suitcase and sets off in search of the geese, who turn up, surprisingly, at a train station. "Why aren't you flying?" Little Brown Bear asks. "Some of us prefer the train," they tell him. "It's more relaxing, and we enjoy the ride." Dyer whisks readers back to a bygone era of trains outfitted with luxurious velvety seats and windows with wooden frames; she depicts the hero seated in a dining car with several feathered friends, surrounded by linen tablecloths and napkins. Once they reach their destination, the cub follows them to the beach. He loves the sand and surf, but eventually nature takes over ("He built a sand cave. It was cozy and warm inside...") and his friends, who are migrating north for the spring, help him home. Dyer's tale unfolds at the leisurely pace of a child's unmeasured days, and her watercolors brim with warmth and affection. Even as Little Brown Bear ventures far from home, he always appears to be in safe hands. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Little Brown Bear doesn't like naps, "especially the kind that lasted all winter." So, when his parents snuggle down in their beds, he packs his bag and takes off on an adventure. He boards a southbound train along with some geese who've decided that they'd rather ride the rails than fly. Soon, they are all at the beach where the young bear builds castles and digs sand caves. When he starts feeling tired and a bit homesick, some of the geese fly him back home where he hunkers down in his bed-just in time for spring. The story is rather predictable, but the large, watercolor illustrations, done primarily in shades of blue and orange, are warm and charming and brimming with life. While not a necessary purchase, most libraries will want to consider this attractive addition.-Roxanne Burg, Thousand Oaks Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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