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Summary: Baby Bear knows it is time for bed, but he still has things to do. With some extra attention from Momma Bear and Papa Bear, he finally goes to sleep. This rhyming picture book celebrates the challenges our children share with us each day.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 8
Interest Level: 2 to 5
Age of Child: Read with 5-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Although our child giggled a couple of times, this wasn't a story that piqued her interest. She compared it to one of her favorites Bedtime for Frances, which she ran to pull of the shelf.
Adult Reader Reaction: Adorable, and oh so true. Luckily we are past the days of 100 delays before bed, but this book brings back vivid memories. The soothing sound of the rhymes is the perfect antidote to the "action" in the story. The illustrations and color scheme are wonderful. The subtlety of the title (when linked with the content) is probably lost on most of the audience.
Pros: This is a sweet lullaby that captures the push-and-pull of getting ready for bed.
Cons: You may want to screen this first. If your child likes to "copy" the characters from his stories, you may see some renewed energy for delay tactics.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a sweet book. While it will be important to repeat the book's message, the context won't grow with your child.