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Old Bear by Kevin Henkes

Old Bear (edition 2008)

by Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)

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Title:Old Bear
Authors:Kevin Henkes
Other authors:Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
Info:Greenwillow Books (2008), Edition: 1ST, Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Picture Books
Tags:bears, seasons, colors, hibernation, dreams, dreaming, spring, summer, fall, autumn, winter

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This story differs from the many other Henkes stories that I have read. Instead of focusing on a human or mouse problem, it follows the seasons and hibernation schedule of a bear. This speaks to the intriguing plot as well. Many young readers will be curious as to what a bear does the entire time it is sleeping and why it sleeps so long. The topic automatically gains their attention. The next aspect which grabs his readers’ eye is his elaborate illustration of each season and the bear’s dreams. He uses colors specific to each season and allows the photos to expand and grow in size as the dream progresses. On the other hand, he also used his language to describe the feelings that come with each season. He tells of the joy in spring, and then reflects that emotion in the colors of the illustration with bright blues and yellows. This is exactly how Henkes conveyed his main idea that bears, like humans, experience and dream the vivid colors and delight of the seasons. ( )
  ShelbyBurton | Oct 13, 2014 |
This book did not quite hold my interest, but it would be very good for infants and toddlers. The story is a simple one; after eating a ton, the bear goes into hibernation and dreams of himself in each of the seasons, and then he wakes up and it is the beautiful springtime. The illustrations Kevin Henkes uses are really colorful and eye-catching, and since the (few) words on each page are different, each picture is something new to look at. This book would also be a good one to teach young children the seasons, as the bear has a dream of himself in each one. Though it was not my favorite, I appreciate the teachings and pictures that this book has to offer to young children. ( )
  parejess | Jun 3, 2014 |
An old brown bear dreams his young self into a fantastical landscape of changing colors and seasons, before waking to a beautiful spring day. In his dreams, the crocuses are big enough to curl up in, the sky rains blueberries, and the stars twinkle with color. Despite these wonderful environments, my favorite images are closeups of the old bear emerging from slumber with a yawn and a blink of his wide eyes. The text is fairly descriptive of the images.

Song pairing: "If All of the Raindrops"
  rarewren | May 22, 2014 |
This board books is about a bear that lays down to hibernate for the winter. His dreams take him back to when he was a cub living through the beautiful seasons. As with most other Henkes books that I have read, the author creates a cute story with a character that could have depth in a child's and parent's imagination. The images are colorful and painted in watercolor. Its no surprise that he won the Caldecott. The book is small and easy for a child to handle. I particularly like the images of Old Bear sleeping in his cave while it's storming outside. The book was given a starred review from School Library Journal and Booklist that sing praises of his artwork and story. I agree with them. ( )
  cfranson | Feb 11, 2014 |
An old bear settles in for the winter in this sweet and very simple picture-book from Kevin Henkes, who is probably best known for his "mouse stories" - titles like the Caldecott Honor Book Owen, Chrysanthemum, and Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. Dreaming of the spring, and of his days as a young cub, the bear experiences the glories of the seasons, before waking up and discovering that another winter has passed.

There is a gentle quality to this simple tale, with no more than a sentence or two per page, that is immensely appealing. The accompanying illustrated, created with watercolor paint and ink, have the feeling almost of woodblock prints: a style that I find very appealing. There's not much to it, but the overall feeling of Old Bear is one of contented sleepiness. What could be better, in a bedtime book? ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 21, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061552054, Hardcover)

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.

Turn the page and you will see!

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:17:53 -0400)

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When Old Bear falls asleep for the winter, he has a dream that he is a cub again, enjoying each of the four seasons.

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