Are you a heavy sleeper?
I mean, do you sleep through just about anything? Or do you wake
up when you hear noises or when your parents come in to check on you?
Well, Bear is a very heavy sleeper. Join the fun as some of his neighbors
seek shelter in his cave during a storm.
“In a cave in the woods / in
his deep dark lair/ through the long, cold winter / sleeps a great brown
bear.” Bear is hibernating and on a stormy night, Mouse and a few other
forest animals seek shelter in Bear’s den. Soon they are eating popcorn,
drinking tea, and having a party while “the bear snores on.” Nothing seems
to bother the sleeping bear until an errant pepper flake from the stew
causes him to sneeze and wake up. Bear is furious, but not because everyone
is having a party in his cave, but because he has slept through it all
and missed the fun! The animals calm Bear by insisting the party has just
begun and stories and food carry the party until dawn. One by one the animals
settle in to sleep, only to leave Bear wide-awake, unable to recapture
his slumber. Bear Snores On is a great read-aloud as well as a bedtime
book to share on a cold or snowy night. (Janet Kittrell, South
Carolina Book Awards, 2006)