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on 23 November 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.... 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, 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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on 18 February 2011
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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Storyline - It was late at night and Mr Bear was getting very tired. But the more he tried to sleep, the less sleep he got. Throughout the night he moves location from indoors and outdoors in the car. He ended up going back to his bed and he closed his eyes as the house was quiet, when suddenly the alarm went off. His wife Mrs Bear then brought him up a nice cup of tea to make him feel better.

Early Years Teachers - This book proved to be an invaluable resource on my teaching placements. As with this well respected and loved children's author, Jill Murphy, this is a great book with a good story line. It is so versatile and can be enjoyed by many ages. It is really easy to engage with as there are so many possible themes in the story which can be explored to a suitable depth dependent on the children's ages.

Themes include: Sounds/noises; sleep; nighttime and emotions.

Activity ideas:
- Children could learn about the different sounds that are found throughout the story. This could then lead onto them discussing what sounds they might hear when they are trying to sleep.
- Children could discuss how Mr Bear would have felt and they can discuss how they feel when they are really tired.
- Children can discuss ways they try to get to sleep e.g. counting sheep or turning their pillow over or getting a teddy to cuddle.
- The children could act out the story and do all the facial expressions involved.
- Children could take part in a peace at last bingo where they need to listen to the sound and then match it to the picture on their bingo card.

Would recommend to any early years teacher or parent.
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on 13 February 2013
It's late. Mr Bear, Mrs Bear and Baby Bear are all tired, so they all decide to turn in. Mrs Bear pops her hairnet on and falls asleep in an instant, leaving her husband to toss and turn, unable to settle down. Eventually he gets up, moving from room to room in search of a good night's sleep.

It seems that each room in the house has different noises to contend with. Baby Bear is lying awake, pretending to be an aeroplane "NYAAOW!". The cuckoo clock in the lounge is ticking and chiming "CUCKOO! CUCKOO!" In the kitchen, there's a leaky tap and a noisy fridge "HMMMMMMMMMMM ...". Out in the garden, there's a whole host of nocturnal wildlife, and just as he's trying to get comfortable in the car, the sun peeps over the horizon and the birds start singing. Back in the house, Mrs Bear has finally stopped snoring. Will Mr Bear manage to get some peace at last?

This is a great bedtime story for toddlers - there are plenty of noises to join in with, as well as Mr Bear's increasingly desperate refrain "I can't stand THIS." The pictures are charming, and contain lots of nice detail to look out for. Parents will appreciate the growing weariness in Mr Bear's expression, as he stumbles from room to room!

This review refers to the paperback edition of 'Peace at Last' published by Macmillan in 1995.
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on 27 August 2012
This is documentary about life in our house. The humans have been changed to bears to protect our identities.

I agree with others who say it's a good book with an abrupt ending, but at the same time, how else is a bad nights sleep meant to end? Worth getting if you are like our family as a way of explaining why dad sometimes ends up in the living room looking tired!!!
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on 28 March 2000
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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on 2 March 2013
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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on 5 June 2011
One of those books you really love reading to your child. My son, his granny and myself all love this book which tells the story of Mr Bear's sleepless night - as he moves from room to room in search of peace and quiet. Mrs Bear is snoring, Baby Bear is pretending to be an aeroplane and in the kitchen, the fridge is humming and the clock is ticking. The story uses repetition on each page so that children can anticipate what words/noises come next. My son isn't 2 yet but I can imagine this will be a favourite for years to come.
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on 2 January 2011
Catchy amusing story and beautifully detailed illustrations appealing to children in quite a wide age range (my grandchildren aged 2 and 3 years love it and I'm sure will come back to it for some time to come) Each time you read it you find something new in the pictures, and educationally this and the details and repetitions in the text are excellent. Visually pleasing with bold colours and large pictures, strong durable glossy cover in the paperback edition,and good quality throughout. Excellent
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on 6 December 2010
I've just ordered this book as part of my 18month old friends toddlers christmas present. 21 years ago I used to spent every night reading this book to my now 23 year old daughter. She knew every word on each page of this delightful book. I also bought it a few years ago to give to my great niece, who also loved it. If you're looking for a book for some special little person in your life, I would recommend this one. It really is a classic.
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