Hen, Squirrel, Hedgehog and Pig are all bemused by their neighbour Bear's antics one autumn, as he goes about gathering wood and moss. When their curiosity gets the better of them, and they ask him what he's doing, he explains that he's building a house to keep him warm whilst he sleeps through the winter. At this, the other animals laugh at him, but when the cold winds start to blow, it's not long before they start knocking on his door!
If you have read 'Bear Snores On
' by Karma Wilson, you will find the story to be very similar indeed, but Yeoman's bear seems more forgiving of his winter house guests! 'The Bear's Winter House' is also written in prose rather than rhyming verse, which I much prefer (although other readers may beg to differ). Quentin Blake's illustrations are brilliant, as ever, and really bring the story to life. A lovely winter's tale to share with your toddler.
This review refers to the paperback edition of 'The Bear's Winter House' published by Anderson in 2009.