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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep

Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep

Spring 2007 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Author: Jane Yolen
Author: Heidi Stemple
Illustrator: Brooke Dyer
ISBN: 978-0-06-081560-8
Hardcover Price: $15.99
Review:
That impulse to snuggle in bed on a cold winter's night isn't just a human indulgence—it's what the animals do, too. In Jane Yolen's gentle new bedtime book, we see how hibernating animals everywhere use wintertime for sweet dreams. The black bear, for example, hibernates “through winter's snow,” and waits “till spring to rise and go,” while the bats tuck their “legs in tight/For winter's dark extended night.” Authors Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple will lull young children to sleep with their rhythm and rhyme, while Brooke Dyer's illustrations reflect the pleasure of curling up with a favorite blanket.
Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2007 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.


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