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Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? (Little Favourites) Hardcover – 9 Jul 2001


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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd; New edition edition (9 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744581664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744581669
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 13.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 661,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Smarties Prize for Children's Books, Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? is a luscious-as-chocolate tale that should find a place on every pre-school bookshelf. While Big Bear tries to read his Bear Book, Little Bear tries to sleep, but can't. He's scared of the dark. So Big Bear keeps bringing him progressively bigger lanterns. But nothing seems to work, until he leads Little Bear out of the Bear Cave into the dark nights.

NB. There is some debate as to whether Little Bear was really trying very hard to get to sleep. Some of the illustrations seem to show him bouncing around rather a lot. You decide. (Ages 2-5) --Lisa Gee

A big book edition is also available. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"The most perfect children's book ever written or illustrated... It evaporates and dispels all fear of the dark." The Sunday Times; "Wonderfully reassuring for small children. I cannot praise this picture book too highly. It will delight reader and listener alike." The Sunday Telegraph" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Sept. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Our daughter is almost three and this book has become an essential part of her bedtime ritual. Ironically, she didn't have a fear of the dark until we read this and then she got the idea (she's quite dramatic). However, it has been great fun to play with and the simple dialogue between Big Bear and Little Bear is something that she knows off by heart. We have great fun doing the voices and it is my husband who most often gets to read it. He now takes her out into the garden after reading it as well, so that she too can look at the moon and stars.
Martin Waddell is one of our favourite children's authors and his books are a delight for children and parents alike.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Healysgirl on 8 April 2008
Format: Paperback
This book was bought for my oldest daughter as a gift for her second birthday and has become a family tradition....

Little Bear can't get to sleep because he's afraid of the dark despite all of Big Bear's attempts at reassurance until Big Bear hits on the perfect way to get him to sleep.

This book is not just for patrents having difficulty getting their children to sleep, it's enchanting and wonderfully warm. I guarantee the way Big Bear resolves the situation will bring a lump to your throat.

The story is beautifully simple and the animation exquisite to the extent that we have given the series of books as gifts to friends' children in turn. After 17 years it's still a prized gift - which says it all really.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By www.kidscompass.co.uk on 21 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
As a bedtime read, this book is perfection. Little bear has been put to bed, but cannot (or will not!) go to sleep as he is scared of the dark. Big Bear tries to banish the dark with lanterns of varying size, but there is always a little bit more dark on the edges of the light. Finally, Big Bear takes Little Bear outside to see that the stars and moon are throwing off all the light Little Bear needs, but Little Bear doesn't hear this, as he is fast asleep.

The story is charming, interesting but calm enough for an evening story. The artwork is well done and colourful enough to entice very young readers. As the subject of the book is bedtime, the pictures are quite dark in colour and tone, which is comforting and relaxing. Whilst this is not a new book, its charm keeps it a favourite for parents and children alike.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Mullen on 7 July 2008
Format: Paperback
I'm amazed that anyone would want to tear this book up. It is absolutely charming and a lovely story to read at bedtime. I've lost count of how many copies I have bought as gifts. (All with great feedback.)
Adults and children alike love it. The Americans love it too. So, why not the British???
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Joseph on 21 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I ordered this book and DVD set shortly after it had sadly gone out of production in 2009, and pretty much forgot about it. When Amazon informed me it was available again in early 2011, I happily accepted the offer and it arrived a few days later.

I'm so, so glad it did.

My 2 year old son is absolutely enchanted by the whole package. The DVD is short but beautiful, using the original pictures from the book with a little animation, soothing narration and gentle backing music to tell the story. My son loves to cuddle up with me under a blanket to share a special moment watching the story before bedtime.

Even if he's seen the DVD that night, though, there's nothing like a bedtime story from mum - and this book has fast become one of his very favourites. From the opening line common to all the "Little Bear" stories, through Little Bear's fear of the dark and Big Bear's reassurance and care, to the final moments where Big Bear says he's brought Little Bear "the bright yellow moon, and all the stars" to light the darkness...it's just a lovely, gentle, heartwarming story. Barbara Firth's illustrations, of course, are stunning and pitched just right for such a soothing tale.

At the price I bought this set for from Amazon (5.99, free delivery) it's a real bargain, considering the amount of pleasure it's already given my little boy. I highly recommend it. After falling in love with this one, I've just ordered a hardback copy of all the Little Bear stories, and look forward to seeing my little boy's face when it arrives.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Eli B on 20 Aug. 2003
Format: Hardcover
This story and its characters are sooooo sweet. I bought this book for my 20-plus year old little sister who was going through an insomnia phase and it brought tears to her eyes.
Now that I have a 9-month old baby girl who also have sleeping problems I am going to buy this book again for her. It may not work for the sleeping issue, but I will LOVE reading it to her and looking together at the fantastic illustrations. Better than a yoga session.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Gradwell on 27 Sept. 2013
Format: Paperback
I first read this book to my daughter when she was 4. My son and his friends used to hear me, and insist on me reciting it verbatim as I drove them back from Cubs - they were 10. My daughter is now 23, I'm 60, and I buy it for every new toddler in my family. So this book truly is a keeper!

Toddlers with fears of the dark? They'll be comforted by this gentle tale. Little ones who won't settle down? They will giggle at the antics of Little Bear. Mums and dads who are bored of reading the same story over and over again? You'll be nudging your children to let you read this one, just one more time. And their big brothers and sisters will be hanging around within earshot, "taking no notice", of course.

Go on, treat yourself!
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