Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep! by Maureen Wright and Will Hillenbrand

Winter is personified here as Old Man Winter who tries to get an absent-minded and hard-of-hearing bear to go into hibernation by telling him, “Sleep, big bear, sleep.” But each time, the bear mishears his advice and does everything but that: sweep, leap, drive a jeep, etc.


While the text rhymes throughout, Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep! doesn’t really read as well as one might expect. Still, the story is an interesting take on the broken-telephone syndrome, and the illustrations of the bear (accompanied by his silent, hapless bunny friend) are charming.

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