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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
Rating:****1/2
Tags:bears, seasons, colors, hibernation, dreams, dreaming, spring, summer, fall, autumn, winter

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Old Bear by Kevin Henkes

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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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  ritubohara | Apr 8, 2013 |
Simple story with a 'ooo I could just cuddle you" bear. Nice, simple introduction to hibernation and a reminder that "old" beings can feel young too! ( )
  DiamondDog | Mar 29, 2013 |
This imaginative book creates a world with leaf butterflies and clouds that rain blueberries through an old bear's hibernation dreams. It's on the same reading level as Kitten's First Full Moon, and yet uses words like "crocus" instead of flower or "blazing" to describe the sun. Other literary techniques used metaphor, similes, and personification. I really enjoyed this book, and could use it for several different types of lessons. ( )
  Laene | Mar 9, 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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