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Author: Virginia Miller

Illustrator: Virginia Miller

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Publisher: Candlewick Press, ©2000

Material: board book

Summary: Bartholomew, a baby bear, is tired but he'll resist going to bed as long as possible! In the end, he realizes going to sleep is a good thing. Toddlers will doubtless relate to Bartholomew in his fight to stay awake.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 3; read yourself: 4 to 6

Interest Level: 0 to 4

Age of Child: Started reading with 19 month old child.

Young Reader Reaction: This book was beyond the grasp of this toddler, as s/he still goes to bed fairly cooperatively. S/he did enjoy pointing out that Bartholomew was in bed, and other familiar bedtime items.

Adult Reader Reaction: A good book for helping children to accept bedtime more gracefully.

Pros: It will definitely be useful if s/he becomes more reluctant to accept bedtime.

Cons: None

Borrow or Buy: Borrow at least at first. There are many bedtime books available and this one may or may not assist with bedtime traumas.

If You Liked This Book, Try: SNOOZERS: 7 Short Bedtime Stories for Lively Little Kids   PAJAMA TIME   HUMPHREY's BEDTIME

Educational Themes: This story teaches children about bedtime, recognizing tiredness, and the importance of a good night's sleep.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal stories, picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2003

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