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Peace At Last [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Jill Murphy
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
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6 July 2007
A new enlarged edition of a picture book classic!

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Product details

  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; 4 edition (6 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230015484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230015487
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 21.6 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This Big Book edition of Jill Murphy's classic picture book is ideal for sharing with groups of children.

It's late at night and Mr Bear is desperately trying to sleep--but Mrs Bear snores so he tries Baby Bear's room, but Baby Bear is pretending to be an aeroplane so there's no peace there. Room by room Mr Bear goes through the house trying to find somewhere to sleep.

Bright colourful pictures accompany the simple, repetitive text of this delightful storybook. Children will delight in all the wonderful sound effects and Mr Bear's reaction--"TICK-TOCK...went the living room clock...TICK-TOCK, TICK-TOCK. CUCKOO! CUCKOO! "Oh NO!" said Mr Bear, "I can't stand THIS." So he went off to sleep in the kitchen." And parents will have plenty of empathy for poor Mr Bear's predicament. (Ages 3 and over)

A Big Book edition of this story is also available. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The hour was late and Mr Bear was tired. But he could not sleep – however he tried and wherever he tried. SNORE, SNORE went Mrs Bear. TICK-TOCK, TICK-TOCK went the clock. Would he never get to sleep? The familiar noises, repetition and beautiful illustrations make this delightful picture book an all-time favourite with children and adults everywhere.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another super book from Jill Murphy! 23 Nov 2010
Poor Mr Bear is having trouble getting to sleep, which may strike a chord with some!

From the back cover:-

'The hour was late and Mr Bear was tired.
But he could not sleep - however he tried and whatever he tried.
Snore, Snore went Mrs Bear.
Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock went the clock.
Would he never get to sleep?

For this new edition of her picture book classic,
Jill Murphy has carefully restored all the artwork.'

Beautifully written and illustrated with Jill Murphy's characteristic warmth and subtle humour!
The second book, featuring Mrs Bear and Baby Bear, is 'Whatever Next!', which has also become a picture book classic.'

24 shiny high quality pages in the popular 2-page spread format.
Clear text is on the left hand page with the main pictures on the right hand page, so suitably predictable for the younger reader who is eager to turn the page!
Wonderfully illustrated throughout, from the cover illustration with Mrs Bear in her hairnet, this book is further enhanced by meaningful facial expressions! The black and white drawings further add to this delightful book!

Example of text:-

'The hour was late.

Mr Bear was tried
Mrs Bear was tired
Baby Bear was tired....
...so they all went to bed.

Mrs Bear fell asleep.
Mr Bear didn't.
Mrs Bear began to snore.
"SNORE," went Mrs Bear.
"Oh NO!" said Mr Bear,
"I can't stand THIS."
So he got up and went to
sleep in Baby Bear's room......'

But it is too noisy in there, too......so poor Mr Bear puts on his dressing gown, takes his pillow and goes here and there, on what proves to be rather a long mission to find somewhere peaceful to sleep......
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This is a firm favourite bedtime story book in our house. It is about Mr Bear's constant attempts to find enough peace to get a good night's sleep and the noises in each area of the home. It has great humour for pre-school children.

The illustrations are appealing, friendly and hold enough detail to enjoy and see new things. without being too cluttered or busy.

It is a perfect length for a bedtime story and is ideal for pre-school children for when they first start being read proper stories and then through until I don't know when, because we haven't reached that time yet having owned the book for almost two years now and it still gets read frequently.

My little one loves to join in the noises that happen in the book, from "tick-tock" to the noise of pretending to be an aeroplane.

It is also a lovely book as a parent to read out loud.

My daughter appeared able to recite before her ability to speak was developed/very clear at 2 and a bit years old, which was a great help on a trip to hospital when we forgot the book, as we could remember the whole story and say it together and adapt it for the noises in the hospital. I was unsure at first with Mr Bear's catchphrase "Oh no...I can't stand this" as being an appropriate phrase for my daughter to learn, but she only seemed to use it within the context of the story or if we joked about something referring back to Mr Bear's reaction to noises he didn't like, it didn't enter her regular language/expression.

And as every good bedtime story book should, it ends up with Mr Bear in bed (even if it is morning), cue sleep!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story 2 Mar 2013
By Elaine
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A lovely story and illustrated so nicely am very pleased with it and my little grandaughter of three loves it,she already has another story by same authur.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The formula is so simple yet so effective 25 Mar 2011
This is one of my favourite children's books ever.

It is set in the home so the scene is familiar for the reader/listener to identify with the setting. As Mr Bear, who cannot sleep, goes from room to room trying to find a place to sleep, each setting is brought to life from the dripping tap to the ticking clock and young listeners will really engage with it. Plenty of repetition of `Oh NO, I can't stand this!' has my son ready to turn the page. He even holds the book himself and flicks to the page and identifies the noises associated with each room; he even learnt 'Cuckoo!' when he sees the clock on the wall at his Grandmother's, from this book. Great for vocabulary, the formula is so simple and so effective. I love it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We read this over and over and over 28 Mar 2000
Format:Board book
My 18mnth old loves this book, knows all the noises, picks out all the picture details and can even do a good impression of 'Oh no! said Mr Bear'. A great companion to Whatever Next (also 5 star). Please Jill write/draw some more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good children's author 31 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A beautiful copy of an excellent book which has been a favourite for a number of years and will be read often
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3.0 out of 5 stars Book ok but found cheaper after purchase 8 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book was in mint condition and have no grumbles there but ended up paying a lot more than wanted to due to p&p. Found cheaper in a high street store after we bought it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Children love it 28 Feb 2014
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
We have five children and they have all enjoyed this love story whilst growing up. So instead of borrowing we invested in a new copy and enjoy reading it to the family at bedtime.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!
Brilliant book to read with your little ones. My daughter particulary likes it when I make the sounds to go with it!!!
Published 1 month ago by K Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A winner
Have purchased this as a board book and paper version. It has been a firm favourite, the children never seem to tire of reading it.
Published 2 months ago by Rhona
5.0 out of 5 stars A must
My elder daughter's first sentence was from this book - "Oh no! I can't stand this!" A much loved book with fond memories.
Published 2 months ago by Rosemary
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book, my son's favourite.
We read this book before bed most nights. It's a lovely story, beautifully illustrated. A must-have in my opinion. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite children's books
A lovely book for pre school children, full of fun and interaction. Another great children's book from author Jill Murphy.
Published 3 months ago by mrs j m brady
5.0 out of 5 stars fab
perfect would recommend this product just as described and a high quality, great price for the quality. would order again when needed.
Published 4 months ago by August
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Great fun as Mr Bear tries very hard to find somewhere where he can get some sleep! Lots of great sounds makes this a wonderful read-aloud. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Wendy Unsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Peace at last.
Love this book. Old time favourite. Read to my children time again. Never got bored. Bought for my daughters baby shower so she can read to hers..
Published 4 months ago by teresa
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute favourite
This is a true favourite of ours. It is a timeless classic that continues to delight despite many times of reading. Read more
Published 4 months ago by R. Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Book
I remember loving this book as a child..so bought it for my little boy, I Hope he likes it as much as i did :)
Published 4 months ago by Charlotte Hallows
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