Bear is Not Tired by Ciara Gavin

Published by Knopf 

Summary: Bear is an enthusiastic member of a household of ducks. When the weather starts getting colder, Bear is determined to stay awake all winter so as not to miss out on anything.  But nature takes its course, and before long Bear is dozing off at meals and in the middle of games.  Mama Duck convinces him that he can’t fight who he is, and that, awake or asleep, he is still part of the family.  Finally, Bear settles into hibernation mode.  The ducks eat meals near him, and the baby duck snuggles up to sleep with Bear at naptime.  When spring comes, Bear awakens and enjoys sharing the pictures of what happened all winter long.  32 pages; ages 2-6.

Pros:  Cute watercolor illustrations enliven this gentle tale that would make a perfect bedtime story.

Cons:  There sure are a lot of picture books that feature cute bears hibernating.

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