Are You Sure, Mother Bear?

Are You Sure, Mother Bear? illus. by Lauren Tobia. 32p. Candlewick. Oct. 2016. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780763672072.
PreS-Gr 2—It's the first night of winter, and snow has fallen. Within the cozy rooms of the bear household, Little Miss Bear insists that she is not ready to sleep—"Not even a wink." Little Miss and Mother watch the flakes fall for a long time. As the snow outside slowly covers the ground, Mother Bear soothes each of her little one's fears. Will the stars, the moon, and Mother Bear be there when she awakens in the spring? Will the hills still be there for rolling? Will there be toast? Mother Bear gently reassures her cub, and they take a trip out into the frosty night for one last roll in the snow. This book is well suited for storytime or bedtime, with good-night kisses, hugs, and final questions in a child-friendly home filled with softly smiling faces and plenty of pen-and-ink detail. All eyes finally close. "Winter is for sleeping, because that's what bears do."
VERDICT This warm and lovely book emphasizes parental love and may encourage kids to investigate what real bears do during the winter. An excellent bedtime selection for all libraries.

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