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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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A bear falling into his winter sleep dreams of when he was a cub. This bear dreams of the beautiful seasons, only to wake realizing another winter has passed.

Teaching Ideas: learn about different season, a bears life cycle, hibernation
  aehunter | May 4, 2015 |
This book would be good to use when talking about seasons and animal hibernation. I think students would like this book because of the imagery and the pictures. ( )
  Kate_Schulte078 | Apr 29, 2015 |
Old Bear is children’s picture book that follows an old bear through hibernation. Once old bear is asleep he begins to dream about being a cub, remembering how much he loved all the different seasons. While I do not believe this book has the best plot I believe the thought that went behind each decision made was the fascinating part. The illustrations are amazing and the detail used throughout is spectacular. The pages are all full of color; my favorite page is the autumn page. The picture and the text work together allowing you to only need to see one element to come up with a picture in your head. The text says, “Everything was yellow and orange and brown, even the birds and fish and the water.” This statement gives you a clear visual of an autumn day in old bears dream. Even the fine details were consciously thought out, the color of the text on every page also matches up with the season and old bears dream. It is small detail like that you don't think adds much to the book, but actually makes a world of difference. (The book I looked at was not a board book.)
  jjsewanee | Apr 6, 2015 |
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 |
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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 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:58:11 -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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