Happy Friday, Everyone! It’s been a seemingly looong, busy week with more hours of effort, and a weary body at the end of the day than usual. Either that or I’m just getting older. Nah! It was truly an activity filled week and I still have a birthday party for my one-year-old-grandson, grandbaby sitting tonight and tomorrow, a funeral, a concert and regular church/Sunday School to go.
But, I’ve had friends to help at every event, who even put up with my weary grumbling. The hard part will be the funeral tomorrow to say goodbye to a dear friend. The honor will be playing the organ and some of her favorite hymns. I’m already planning a blog about this lovely lady, to introduce you to her.
Author: Martin Waddell
Illustrator: Barbara Firth
Publisher: Candlewick Press, 1992
Audience Age: 2-8
Themes/Topics: Bedtime, Fear of the Dark, Bears
Opening Sentences: “Once there were two bears. Big Bear and Little Bear. Big Bear is the big bear, and Little Bear is the little bear.”
Synopsis: When bedtime arrives, Little Bear is afraid of the dark and can’t get to sleep. ‘ “I don’t like the dark,” said Little Bear. “What dark?” said Big Bear.” The dark all around us,” said Little Bear.’ So Big Bear first brings a tiny lantern to light the dark, and then a larger lantern. But Little Bear is afraid of the ‘dark all around us.’ Big Bear solves the problem with lots of light and lots of love. (You’ll have to read the book to find his solution.)
Why I like it: We’ve all been there, children and adults alike. Big Bear is trying to read a good book and Little Bear can’t sleep. The repetitive nature of the book is lovely for bedtime and Barbara Firth’s illustrations have a warm cozy, cuddly feeling. There is also delightful, subtle humor in the drawings that add to the story. For instance Big Bear is reading the very book we are, as well as the amusing antics of the Little Bear who ‘can’t sleep.’ Little Bear is not at all whiny, and Big Bear does not complain but is very gentle and loving. The only drawback to the book is you may have to read it twice. Once for the story, then the second time you read it for the illustrations: to observe the furniture, (especially the bear chair), then to observe Little Bear’s non-sleeping postures and to find his little bed buddy, and turn the book upside down to see Big Bear’s book. At least that’s how we do it at Grandma Miller’s house.
Activities/Resources: There is a parent/child ‘Things I’m Afraid of’ activity here:
and also some fun ‘Facing the Dark’ activity suggestions here:
Availability: Hardcover, Softcover & Audio, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Now I’m off to face my Friday – with a full coffee cup in hand. I’ll be posting my sketches for SkADaMo, I promise, just please help me find 5 minutes at my scanner.
Enjoy the read, and blessings on your creativity.
Laura (a.k.a. Grandma Miller)