The Bear in the Book by Kate Banks

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It's time for bed, and a little boy chooses his favorite book for his mother to read to him. The bear in the book is preparing for his own deep slumber, hibernating through the winter while humans and other animals explore the snowy landscape around him. Just when the bear wakes up to greet the spring, the boy drifts off to sleep. Kate Banks' soft and rhythmic text is brought to life by Georg Hallensleben's strong, expressive paintings in this bedtime read that will carry young readers through the seasons.


 

About Kate Banks

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Kate Banks and Boris Kulikov have also collaborated on Max’s Words, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and its sequel, Max’s Dragon, as well as The Eraserheads. Kate Banks lives in the South of France and Boris Kulikov lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published October 16, 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 36 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Cuddled up against his mama, the boy turns the pages, comments on the colors, asks questions and talks to the bear that is the subject of the book.

Aug 08 2012 | Read Full Review of The Bear in the Book

The New York Times

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New books featuring bears, including “Bear Despair,” a wordless book by the French illustrator Gaëtan Dorémus.

Nov 30 2012 | Read Full Review of The Bear in the Book

Publishers Weekly

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In an extraordinary portrait of the tender, meandering, and inquisitive nature of reading together, a boy and his mother read a book about a hibernating bear, turning the pages slowly and commenting on the illustrations—it’s clearly an old favorite.

Sep 17 2012 | Read Full Review of The Bear in the Book

Palatine Public Library

A mother reads her child his favorite bedtime story: the story of a big black bear getting ready for his own deep winter slumber.

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