Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?

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Candlewick Press, 1992 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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"I don't like the dark," said Little Bear.
"What dark?" said Big Bear.
"The dark all around us," said Little Bear.

In this tender account of a sleepless night in the bear cave, Big Bear sets out with all his patience and understanding to show Little Bear that the dark is nothing to be afraid of. When all the lanterns in the cave aren't enough to quell Little Bear's troubled emotions, Big Bear offers—in a final loving gesture—nothing less than the bright yellow moon and the twinkling stars! More comforting than even the best of lullabies, this bedtime story is destined to become a classic.

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This story traces back to my earliest memories of being read to as a child. I was afraid of the dark, so my dad would read this to me every night (sometimes multiple times). I think I can still recite it verbatim to this day! I loved the repetitive cadence and the predictability of it as a young listener. I have fond memories of cuddling up next to my dad and hearing him say, “I’ve brought you the biggest lantern of them all!” Such a great story that was so easy to relate to as a frightened child being comforted by her father.  

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Why does this book have such high ratings? The illustrations are cute, but otherwise, way too repetitive to not be boring, both my 5 yr old and preschoolers had a hard time staying engaged in this ... Read full review

About the author (1992)

Martin Waddell was born April 10, 1941, in Belfast, Ireland. He always wanted to be a professional soccer player. After having played for junior teams in Ireland, he left school at fifteen and held a variety of jobs, including working at a publishing company and as a night switchboard operator for a taxi company. Waddell is now one of the most prolific and successful contemporary children's writers, with more than one hundred books to his credit, some of them under his pseudonym Catherine Sefton. He won the 1986 Other Award, for his book Starry Night, which was also a runner up for The Guardian Children┐s Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the Young Observer Teenage Fiction Prize. He has twice won the Smarties Book Prize, for Farmer Duck and Can't You Sleep Little Bear? He also won the 1989 Kurt Mascher Award for The Park In The Dark, the 1990 Bets Book For Babies for Rosie┐s Babies and has been shortlisted for the 1992 Smarties Book Prize for Along The Lonely Road.

Barbara Firth lives in Harrow, Middlesex, England. She has been honored with many awards including the 1998 Kate Greenway Medal for Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? by Martin Waddell.

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