Time to Sleep

by Denise Fleming

Hardcover, 1997



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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (1997), Edition: First, 32 pages


When Bear notices that winter is nearly here he hurries to tell Snail, after which each animal tells another until finally the already sleeping Bear is awakened in his den with the news.

User reviews

LibraryThing member ebruno
A wonderful book explaining that for many animals winter is a season to sleep or hibernate. The bear sends out a warning to all his other hibernating friends that winter is coming.
LibraryThing member ogechukwu
Its a picture book, and its genre is fantasy
LibraryThing member epalaz
This book is about the habits of animals during the season even if they dont want to. children could compare to their bed time stories and activities.
LibraryThing member ageoflibrarius
Sweet little book about animals who need to hibernate. Good animal knowledge story with other vocabulary that kids can get to know. Also, it has some repeated sight words that kids could learn.
LibraryThing member cortneynmcclure
This picturebook tells a story about the woodland creatures learning that it is time to go into hibernation for the winter. In the beginning of the book bear realizes that it is "time to sleep" however she cannot sleep just yet, first she must tell snail. The story continues with the news
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being passed on to each of the other the animals by the one that learned before them. The animals include a bear, a snail, a skunk, a turtle, woodchuck, and a ladybug. With each animal that the news is passed on to the story tells how the animal knows that winter is coming and that it is time to hibernate, as well as how each animal hibernates. The story ends with each animal telling each other goodnight for the winter and that they will see each other in the spring.

Personal Reaction:
I greatly enjoyed this book. I love that it provides so much quality information while still being to the point, interesting and entertaining. The artwork in this book is very engaging and does a great job of portraying the setting of the story. It not only depicts the animal themselves, but also the habitat in which they live, including the forest and their individual homes in the woods. It also shows the changes taking place in the environment that tell the animals that it is time to hibernate.

Classroom Extension:
1. Plant a winter bulb - use winter dormancy in plants to help explain winter hibernation in animals. Bulbs, tubers, perennials and trees sit quietly over winter, and then 'wake up' again in the spring. Demonstrate this sleeping-waking similarity by planting bulbs. Plant your bulb in it's 'nest' of dirt, keep it in a cool place over the winter, and watch for signs of it 'waking up' in the spring.
2.Hibernation Game - Have all the children sit in a cirle. One child will sit in the middle and pretend to sleep all curled up like a bear hibernating. Make sure their eyes stay closed! Pick a child and have them sneak up and touch the bear then quickly return to their spot in the circle. Then everyone in the circle says WAKE UP SLEEPY BEAR! WAKE UP! and the child will then sit up and have to guess who woke them up. Let them guess 3 times.
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LibraryThing member jsanfi1
This was a really nice book. I love its colorful illustrations. I found that the style of the illustrations is very different. For example dark, deep colors are used. All of the pictures look like they have texture as well. I also like how the story comes in full circle. It starts with the bear in
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the beginning, and then ends with the bear again. The main idea of the story is to introduce hibernation, and to show how it is nice to keep friends informed.
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LibraryThing member rarewren
With toddlers, simplify the story to greeting each animal and saying good night. The impressionistic collage style of the illustrations may make the animals a challenge for young eyes to discern.


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