#1049 – The Bear Who Couldn’t Sleep by Caroline Nastro and Vanya Nastanlieva

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The Bear Who Couldn’t Sleep
Written by Caroline Nastro
Illustrated by Vanya Nastanlieva
North South   10/01/2016
978-0-7358-4268-7
32 pages    Ages 4—8

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“There’s no place like home when it’s time for bed!

“When Bear can’t sleep, he goes on an adventure and discovers the wonders of New York City—a parade, Central Park, hot dogs, and more! But when he finally gets tired and looks for a place to rest, he learns why it’s called the city that never sleeps. What’s a bear to do?”  [INSIDE JACKET]

Review
Winter. Snowy woods and sleeping animals . . . all but one. Little Bear cannot sleep. While his family hibernates, Little Bear—pillow in hand—goes for a walk, hoping to find a friend, but everyone in the forest is asleep. He keeps walking through the woods until he come to the city. There he falls in line with a parade, explores the zoo in Central Park, visits the Statue of Liberty, and then a couple of well-known museums. When Little Bear finally tires, finding a place to sleep in the city that never sleeps is nearly impossible. A bus stop—with an ad for Bear Mountain—seems perfect . . . until people crowd onto the bench. He tries to sleep atop a huge toy bear, but being in the store window made him visible to everyone.
nsb_bearwhocouldntsleep-int-1The Bear Who Couldn’t Sleep is a beautifully illustrated story, mostly in shades of blue, including Little Bear’s sleep-wear. The brightest, most colorful spread is that of the parade, which Little Bear slips in with the clowns. He enjoys all his daylight activities, but as the sun starts to set, so does Little Bear. Finding a place to sleep in the city that never sleeps is difficult. Even sleeping in the park is interrupted by a park ranger who makes Little Bear move on. If he can’t rest n the park, his only choice is to find his family’s home in the woods. Little Bear’s return is as silent as his leaving so he slips in next his mother.
nsb_bearwhocouldntsleep-2-1Young children will love the story of the lost little bear and his adventures in the big city. Observant readers will notice Little Bear has a friend throughout his adventure. Other details help make The Bear Who Couldn’t Sleep interesting and fun. Finding his way home, may remind youngsters of a time they were lost, helping them to empathize with the small bear. Those who like Benjamin Chaud’s The Bear Song series will love The Bear Who Couldn’t Sleep.
nsb_bearwhocouldntsleep-int-3THE BEAR WHO COULDN’T SLEEP. Text copyright © 2016 by Caroline Nastro. Illustrations copyright © 2016 by Vanya Nastanlieva. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, North South, New York, NY.

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Reprinted with permission from THE BEAR WHO COULDN’T SLEEP © 2016 by Caroline Nastro, North South, an imprint of NordSud Verlag Ag. Illustrations © 2016 by Vanya Nastanlieva.

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Copyright © 2016 by Sue Morris/Kid Lit Reviews. All Rights Reserved

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The Bear Who Couldn’t Sleep
Written by Caroline Nastro
Illustrated by Vanya Nastanlieva
North South 10/01/2016
9780735842687

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