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Summary: Old Man Winter is reminding Big Bear that it is time to hibernate. There is only one problem - Big Bear can't hear very well. When Old Man Winter says "sleep" Big Bear thinks he should drive a Jeep, leap, even sweep. Will Big Bear ever go to sleep? This humorous story about a bear and winter will lull kids to sleep, too.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Reading Level: 1.9
Age of Child: Read with two boys ages 3 and 5.
Young Reader Reaction: The boys giggled their way through Big Bear's mishaps and loved repeating Old Man Winter's words.
Adult Reader Reaction: I enjoyed this book. It is a fun way to get kids to "play" with words and see how they work (or can be misheard).
Pros: A lumbering bear and his bad hearing create a story that everyone can enjoy.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a book they'll want to read again and again!
Educational Themes: Have fun with words by asking kids to think of other words that rhyme with sleep - or bear! With a bit of a stretch you could use this as an introduction to talking about hibernation.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub, Inc. This is an unsolicited donation.