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Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? (Big Books Series) Paperback – 10 Nov 1994


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Product details

  • Paperback: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd; New edition edition (10 Nov 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074453691X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744536911
  • Product Dimensions: 37.5 x 0.3 x 45.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 668,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This Big Book edition is perfect for sharing with groups of young children.

Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Smarties Prize for Children's Books, this luscious- as-chocolate tale of the little bear who just can't go to sleep 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 to 5)--Lisa Gee

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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Sep 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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8 of 8 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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4 of 4 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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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 A Customer on 7 Mar 1999
Format: Paperback
It must be difficult for childrens' authors not to fall into the "aah" trap - that indicator of appeal which makes them write not for the child but for the parent. At first glance "Can't You Sleep, Little Bear" seems to do just that. It comes close, but it doesn't.
The book really has two voices - if your child IS scared of the dark, this book gently encourages them to face their fear. If they don't, but just SAY they do, they'll get the joke in Barbara Firth's charming illustrations - but this book is still long enough for the sandman to get them in the end.
Charming, but not sentimental, this book is loved by all our family.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Czerkawska on 22 Dec 2007
Format: Paperback
I used to read this to my son, years ago. Came across it again recently and it STILL brings a lump to my throat. A brilliant, wise and poetic book, that never ever fades from the memory!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Grace Y. Lawton on 15 Dec 2009
Format: Board book
I had this story read to me when i was a child and it holds great memories! It is a good book to help with a bedtime routine. Also helps if children are afraid of the dark because they can relate to little bear! I have just bought this book in the small, hardback version for my future godchild and i hope she loves it as much as i used to :) Excellent value for money and quick delivery. Thankyou!
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