Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

Bear Snores On centres around the titular hibernating bear and a motley group of animals who, one by one, decide to take the chance to seek some shelter and warmth from the cold winter in his cozy lair while he snoozes on, blissfully unaware โ€” well, at least for a while.

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As more and more animals enter the cave, the little gathering starts to take on a convivial, party atmosphere. But just when everyone is making merry, the unthinkable happens…

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Besides the adorable illustrations of the fluffy animals, what makes this book so endearing is the way the words have been masterfully strung together such that they have a rhythm of their own and are a pleasure to read out loud.

Despite the theoretically precarious situation of the animals, the book brims with cheer from the first page to the last, and the little twist at the end is a nice touch.

Check out this rather fatherly video reading of the book:

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