It's time for Big Bear to hibernate, so Old Man Winter keeps telling him: "Sleep, Big Bear, sleep." But Big Bear doesn't hear very well. He thinks Old Man Winter has told him to drive a jeep, to sweep, and to leap. Big Bear just can t seem to hear what Old Man Winter is saying. Finally, Old Man Winter finds a noisy way to get Big Bear's attention. Cozy illustrations rendered in pencil and mixed media by Will Hillenbrand bring this bedtime story to a fitting conclusion.
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Corp/Ccb (September 20, 2009)
Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep! is a 2011-2012 Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee.
Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep! was selected for the 2011 Choose to Read Ohio program at the State Library of Ohio.
Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep! was named a 2010 Honor Book for the Wanda Gág Book Award at Minnesota State University.
Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep! was named: 2010 Ladybug Picture Book Award Short List (New Hampshire).
Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep! was named: Nick Jr's Best 10 kids books for 2009, Best Bedtime Book.
Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep! is a Bankstreet Best Children's Book of the Year.
"First time author Wright creates an appealing blend of silliness & read-aloud exuberance in her rhyming text."
School Library Journal:
"The story reads aloud well, and the limited text and over-sized illustrations will be effective in story-time."
"Wright's text makes for a terrific read-aloud, with couplets & triplets lining up easily on the tounge & a catchy refrain kids will join in on."
It was included in the ABC Best Books for Children catalog and was named a Junior Library Guild selection.