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Summary: It is time for Lily to go to bed, but she wants to keep playing with her toys! She runs to the door when she hears the doorbell, and there stands a small polar bear with a suitcase: the Bear with Sticky Paws! They run upstairs, climb on her bed, and fly off to adventures to a tropical island and a PARTY! There are 10 colorful drinks, 9 ice cream sundaes, 8 sweet treats, and so on. As the decor is counted down, Lily grows sleepier and sleepier until she is finally ready to go to bed. She tells the bear goodbye and leaves him to his party. Before she nods off, she makes sure to get one last goodnight hug and kiss from her mother. This is a bedtime story that mixes in a little counting, too.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 6 to 8
Interest Level: 2 to 6
Reading Level: 1.6
Age of Child: Read with a 4-year-old boy.
Young Reader Reaction: My son did not have a strong reaction to this book. Not good, not bad. He did sit while I read the whole book.
Adult Reader Reaction: This was a so-so book for me. The illustrations are fun. The bear is cute and Lily is an adorable little girl. I did not like the way the little girl spoke to her mother, though: "I won't lie down. I won't shut my eyes. I don't want to play tomorrow. I want to play NOW!" We don't speak like that in our house, and I do not wish to have these words modeled for my children. The mother handles the situation very gently, allowing Lily to discover for herself that bedtime is for going to sleep.
Pros: This is a nice book for showing children that bedtime is for going to sleep. The illustrations are nice ... and you can get in some counting practice, too.
Cons: Lily's way of expressing her feelings to her mom were out of bounds for me. She eventually falls asleep on her own terms, and if that is appropriate in your household, then you may not have the same hang-ups as I do.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. I hesitate to suggest to "skip this book" because of a personal value I hold. I would personally skip this book, but many other parents would likely not have the same reaction as I did.
Educational Themes: Lily's way of expressing herself could be a starting point for a conversation about the respectful way to talk. You can also count with the book and explore all of the details of the illustrations for object identification and colors with young listeners.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - animal stories, bedtime story, family
Date(s) Reviewed: January 2012
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.