Old Bear by Kevin Henkes

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Snug and warm, curled and furry, Old Bear sleeps.

Red, orange, and brown leaves fly through the air, and it is snowing hard. Old Bear doesn't notice.

Old Bear is dreaming about being a cub again. He is dreaming about the beauty of the world. He is dreaming of everything he loves about the forest that is his home.

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About Kevin Henkes

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Kevin Henkes is the author and illustrator of many books for children of all ages—among them are Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Chrysanthemum, and Wemberly Worried. He was awarded the Caldecott Medal for Kitten's First Full Moon, a Caldecott Honor for Owen, and a Newbery Honor for Olive's Ocean. He lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.
Published August 19, 2008 by Greenwillow Books. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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When Old Bear sleeps, he dreams of being a cub and of the changing seasons.

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The New York Times

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Sarah Ellis’s latest book for young readers is “Days of Toil and Tears: The Child Labour Diary of Flora Rutherford.” More Articles in Books » A version of this article appeared in print on December 21, 2008, on page BR13 of the New York edition.

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Publishers Weekly

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In time for autumn, Henkes (Kitten's First Full Moon ) masterfully tells of a hibernating bear who “dreamed that spring had come and he was a cub again.” Henkes's surefooted art guides readers through time: a terracotta dust jacket and acorn-brown frontpapers inked with dark brown leaves set the ...

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Common Sense Media

With the usual broad outlines and familiar watercolors, Henkes has filled OLD BEAR with striking illustrations that give the simple tale a tone as beautiful and pleasant as the world Old Bear loves.

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