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Old Bear
by Kevin Henkes


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Snug and warm, curled and furry, Old Bear sleeps.

Red, orange, and brown leaves fly through the air, and it is snowing hard. Old Bear doesn't notice.

Old Bear is dreaming about being a cub again. He is dreaming about the beauty of the world.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Snug and warm, curled and furry, Old Bear sleeps.

Red, orange, and brown leaves fly through the air, and it is snowing hard. Old Bear doesn't notice.

Old Bear is dreaming about being a cub again. He is dreaming about the beauty of the world. He is dreaming of everything he loves about the forest that is his home.

Turn the page and you will see


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780061552052
  • ISBN-10: 0061552054
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books
  • Publish Date: September 2008
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 2-7
  • Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Bedtime & Dreams
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Nature & the Natural World - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Concepts - Seasons

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 57.
  • Review Date: 2008-07-07
  • Reviewer: Staff

In time for autumn, Henkes (Kitten's First Full Moon) masterfully tells of a hibernating bear who “dreamed that spring had come and he was a cub again.” Henkes's surefooted art guides readers through time: a terracotta dust jacket and acorn-brown frontpapers inked with dark brown leaves set the season. The tawny bear, pictured in full-page or four-to-a-page images, curls in his den, his eyes closed and his paws relaxed. Full-bleed spreads depict his dreams, first of being small among enormous flowers (“He took a nap in a giant pink crocus”), then of wandering on lush green summer hillsides (“The sky clouded over, and it rained blueberries”). His hibernation vision of fall includes rust-colored birds and orange fish, and his imaginary winter is a cool blue expanse under stars “of all colors.” When the bear's eyes open on a real spring day, he feels refreshed, if larger and older than his dream self. Lyrically describing the young-at-heart, Henkes plays an artist's game of hot and cold watercolor hues. Lilac endpapers crowded with flowers and butterflies and a back cover image of the bear in springtime balance the cover's imagery and gently and calmly acknowledge the annual cycle. Ages 2–7. (Sept.)

 
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