Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?

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Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?

Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?

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I really enjoyed this gentle tale (that is not without humor) about Little Bear who can't get to sleep because of his fear of the dark, and patient and resourceful Big Bear who helps him through his fears (even though Big Bear has a very exciting part of his book to read and keeps getting interrupted! The book also made the children laugh and they identified the repetition which they enjoyed joining in with. to bring him progressively larger lanterns, nothing seems to help him overcome his fear of the dark that is "all around.

Unable to get to sleep, Little Bear tosses and turns, and although Big Bear continually interrupts his reading (what a father! I found it a book that was good to relax the children and one to read them when they are not feeling very brave themselves. The illustrations are cute, but otherwise, way too repetitive to not be boring, both my 5 yr old and preschoolers had a hard time staying engaged in this story. different voices for little bear and big bear, facial expressions protraying fear, reassurance etc). Calming night-time nerves and awakening a sense of wonder at the magnificence of nature, this reassuring snuggle-up story is a must for any child.Described as 'the most perfect children's book ever written', this is a beautiful 25th anniversary edition of the Kate Greenaway-winning story of Little Bear, who just can't sleep. It's a great book as a story telling excercise at Early Years, yet is also great for those in the later stages of Key Stage One learning to read, with alot of word asnd phrase repetition for those less confident. The second bedtime book from Northern Irish author Martin Waddell, after the equally delightful Owl Babies, that I have read, Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? They had clearly read it before numerous times because the repetition throughout meant they also read it aloud along with me! The reader becomes curious as to where the story is going which at the same time makes it an intriguing read.

For example we have two toy bears that we introduce to them at the beginning of the story who they get to cuddle and get a sense of their two sizes (bigger for big bear etc…), we then give them each a small teddy bear who they cuddle up in a blanket. It will make them laugh as well as allowing them to do choral reading as Little Bear constantly repeats the same phrase every time he complains about the dark! We then introduce the idea that it’s night time so we turn off the classroom lights, give them hot chocolate to taste and lastly put a black dark sheet across their eyes so that they really understand that it’s bedtime for the bears.After reading the story this way it has really highlighted that sensory stories are a real innovative way of allowing children who are at the very early stages of reading to explore literacy and it’s an approach that I will definitely use again especially if working in an early years setting as well as in a special needs school.

It’s a repetitive story so it would be ideal to read out to very young children and encourage them to join in with you. This book does wonders for dispelling the fear of the dark as well as for encouraging the patience of parents everywhere. He's only young but likes to look at the pictures and it's a good length story to help him get used to hearing people read.

This story depicts patience and kindness on the part of big bear, where he goes to great lengths to help little bear realise that the dark is nothing to be afraid of. The children were glued to the book as it was being read and were interested in finding out what was going to happen to help little bear fall asleep. Celebrate 25 years of Big Bear, Little Bear and their cosy cave in this gorgeous anniversary edition of a classic bedtime favourite. The pages at the beginning are lightly coloured like a lamp to symbolise the safety of the bear’s home, I would discuss this with children and why the pages get darker as the bears go outside. It was relatable to us on so many levels; a little baby bear being afraid of the dark/the unknown and the big bear trying to help by shedding some light on the situation.

I also used this book to introduce the children to questions and how we know what they are and when someone is asking a question. However, even if you havent had a horrendous and dramatic birth experience it’s still a very sweet and funny book and I highly recommend it as a bedtime story.The bit about them going out of the cave into the big dark unknown and the little bear being scared resonated with us as we were terrified about taking our baby out into the unknown. It also, in my opinion, brings with it a sense of reassurance to young children as a fear of the dark is quite common at a young age. Looking for more dad books, as I believe this will be the first Father's Day theme I've done in storytime.

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