This review isn't finished per se, but I'm trying to push through this block of mine and just hit "Publish" whenever I've got something of length. Reader be warned. (I promise I'm working on my brain! It'll have complete thoughts, transferrable to keyboard, again someday...)
I love reading Bear Snores On to Uli. It's one of our "go-to" stories each evening as we prepare for bed.
Bear Snores On
written by Karma Wilson
illustrated by Jane Chapman
Perhaps, in part, I enjoy it because it reminds me of a classic from my childhood, The Mitten. Both books have a similar premise: during a snow storm, a variety of animals seek shelter in the same [unlikely] place. The animal characters in Bear Snores On, rather than huddling (incredulously, yet delightfully as I remember it) in a mitten, come upon Bear hibernating in his cave and make themselves comfortable as they wait out the storm. Predictably, bear wakes up and discovers that he has guests.
It's not even so much the story (which is nice, but nothing new) that makes both Uli and I like this book. Fact of the matter is, it's fun to read aloud.
Such enjoyable poetry! Go on, try the words above. Aloud.
Don't you love how it feels, those words tripping off your tongue?
We'll be readin' Bear Snores On every Wednesday (and Thursday, Friday, Saturday...) for quite some time, I do believe. I don't know if Wilson has other books. I should look into that.