Bear Snores On

by Karma Wilson

Other authorsJane Chapman (Illustrator)
Paperback, 2017



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Margaret K. McElderry Books (2017): Chick-Fil-A Edition


On a cold winter night many animals gather to party in the cave of a sleeping bear, who then awakes and protests that he has missed the food and the fun.

Media reviews

Ages 3-6. "In a cave in the woods, in his deep, dark lair, through the long, cold winter sleeps a great brown bear." To the rhythm of such fetching verses, a tiny mouse seeks shelter in a bear's snug cave. A hare soon follows, and the two quietly pop corn and brew tea as "bear snores on." Then a
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badger arrives with crunchy nuts to share, followed by a gopher, a mole, a wren, and a raven. Bear's den is full and noisy (as indicated by the large, bold type), but bear still "snores on." Then a fleck of pepper for the stew mouse is seasoning makes Bear sneeze, and he awakens to the revelers in his cave. Happy for the company and the food they have prepared, he stays up all night telling stories. In the morning, it's Bear who is awake; everyone else is fast asleep and snoring. The comfy look of Bear's cave and the snappy rhythm of the text beckon youngsters into the story, and the expressively drawn, amusingly posed animal characters ensure repeated readings.
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User reviews

LibraryThing member dchaikin
Small critters gather for a winter party in Bear's den. Bear sleeps like through it all.... until. This book has grown on me to the point that I love it, and love reading it. The text is brilliant. It's cute, rhythmic and rhymes and the tone is flexible. You can make it a happy book through and
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through, or you can make Bear scary in his "deep dark lair" and build some suspense. Illustrations are cute too, and I especially love one picture with the animals dancing in the firelight so that all we see are their black silhouettes and a very large sleeping brown bear in color.

Currently my two-year-old absolutely loves it. My almost-four-year-old enjoys it, but not as much as she used to.
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LibraryThing member mbberg
I loved this cute book! It is about a hibernating bear and the party that goes on while he is sleeping. The entire book rhymed which I loved. I also loved the illistrations. I thought it was funny how a pepper flake made the bear wake up and also that when he did wake up all he wanted to do was be
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included in the party. I loved this book and would definitely read it to my class.
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LibraryThing member blue8444
I love this book! I've read it many, many times and still am not tired of it. From an early age my babies enjoyed the sound of the text, and now they also appreciate the pictures, and enjoy the story to it.
LibraryThing member corrylloyd
“Bear Snores On” By Karma Wilson is a story about a bear that normally sleeps through the winter. One stormy night as the bear sleeps in his cave there was a cold winter storm blowing outside. As the night continued on so did the small animals entering the cave to stay warm. They were having
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such a grand time heating tea and popping corn, until the bear woke up.

This story is great for ages 0-8. The Illustrations are beautiful and work well with the text, following along nicely with the story. The pictures are non threatening or scary in any way. The story travels along very smoothly with a little bit of rhythmic text keeping the children interested. There is not a lot of suspense in this story, but just enough to keep the children wondering who will enter the cave next or will they wake the bear up.

This is Karma Wilson first picture book published in 2002 and has not yet received any awards for this story.
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LibraryThing member amberlanda
I really liked this story. I noticed that there is a bunch of Bear books and I think that he is a character that young students would love. The books that I read have a nice rhythum to them which I think students would enjoy as well.
LibraryThing member Elizabeth1977
A bear sleeps through his own party. Teaches students about hibernation.
LibraryThing member dangerlibearian
I think Karma Wilson and this Bear series are wonderful. Awesome read aloud, good rhyme scheme. Bear sleeps and sleeps while his friends gather in his den and have a party.
LibraryThing member khallbee
rhyming, onomatopoeia, simple progression with a funny little twist at the end. Painting style evokes movement in lines, undefined background. Animals are expressive and slightly cartoonish. Text set in large type inside blank spaces in illustrations. Often full-page spreads.
LibraryThing member kj117629
A great brown bear is hibernating in a cave. While sleeping peacefully, some different anilmals stop in to get warm, eat, and drink. They basically make themselves at home. Then, one of the animals decide to use pepper to season the stew he is making. The pepper gets in the bears nose, waking him
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up. At first he is angry because he is woke up, but he then looks around and realizes he has slept through all the fun. He then eats, drinks, and has fun with his new friends.

I thought this was a cute story. I can relate to this story because I have personally been woke up only to find a house full of guests I was not expecting.

The class could do a unit on bears, studying them and learning why they hibernate. The teacher could pop popcorn and brew tea just like in the story. The children could also cut out pictures to make a collage of all the different animals that hibernate.
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LibraryThing member mrscece
I love Bear picture book series. The pictures bleed off the page and the stories are simple and easy to read with stories in rhyme.
LibraryThing member janbrooks1
Delightful illustrations of a snowy party in the bear's cave. When the bear wakes up, it's time to party on!
LibraryThing member YouthGPL
Merideth says: A cute cumulative story with rhyming text and gentle illustrations. Maybe a tad long for storytime.
LibraryThing member awiltenburg
This book is really cute!! (its unlikely for these animals to hang out together) The animals start coming around looking for warmth, companionship, and food. The bear wakes up with a sneeze without incident to the other animals. This book is an easy reader for young kids, shows diversity in
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friendships, uses repetitive and fun for reluctant readers preK-4. This would be an excellent book to include in a compare/contrast project with The Mitten (Jan Brett) grades 5+.
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LibraryThing member barnes08
This book is about a bear that sleeps through the party. The setting is winter and the bear is a sleep in the lair. All the other animals come in the lair and have pop corn, black tea, honey-nuts and stew. The other animals have fun the whole time “the bear snores on”. When the bear finally
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wakes up he is sad for he wanted to have fun too. The animals made more tea and pop corn then the bear tell tales and all the other animals fall asleep.

The pictures are rich with color. I liked how the author told the setting through the pictures. I also like how the book used the font. You can change you voice to fit the story through the font.

Talk to the kids about the setting of the story, also how it’s winter time. Discuss how bears sleep in the winter time. Ask what they would do, if they were the other animals, when the bear wakes up.
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LibraryThing member mcprice
This is good book to read to students when discussing bears. There is a bear that is sleeping through the winter, and some animals decide to have a get together in his cave. The animals do have to be careful and not wake the sleeping bear.
LibraryThing member emtimmins
Just delightful! And look for bear in other books by Karma Wilson--all terrific!
LibraryThing member skcramer
One snowy night while Bear hibernates, Mouse, Hare, Badger, Gopher, Mole, Wren and Raven gather in his cave to drink tea and eat snacks but when Bear awakes, he is very disappointed to have missed the party. Of course, there’s still a happy ending to this story. This picture book combines a
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well-paced story that repeats and builds to an exciting climax with delicious writing full of onomatopoeias and rhyme, making it an excellent storytime choice. Preschoolers will love snoring along after the repeated refrain, “but Bear snores on.” The illustrations effectively contrast the chilly windswept white-and-blue forest with the warm browns and yellows of Bear’s inviting cave. Highly recommended for readers age 2 to 5.
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LibraryThing member HelenDiekoff
Bear Snores On is about a bear who is hibernating during the winter, and lots of different animals come and stay in his cave to stay warm from the snow. They end up making too much noise and waking up the bear. This is very predictable story and intended for young elementary school children.
LibraryThing member Emily_Cobenais
It is winter and a bear is hibernating in a cave in the wood. One by one, many animals enter into the cave, but the bear continues to sleep. I liked this book and really enjoyed the illustrations. This book would be good for grades K-2.
LibraryThing member Mdierd1
Bear Snores On
By: Karma Wilson (2005)

I liked Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson for three reasons. First, I liked the repetition of the phrase, “But the bear snores on.” Specifically, at first, the phrase is made up of a small font, but as more creatures gather in the bear’s lair, the font size
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increases. Second, I liked how the creatures made a ruckus—for example, they popped white corn, slurped, and burped—but the bear continued sleeping. However, a small pepper fleck made the bear sneeze, and he awakes. Thus, the loud noises do not wake the bear, but instead, a small, insignificant pepper fleck—how ironic. Lastly, I liked how the story ended with all the creatures besides the bear snoring on. Overall, the “big idea” of Bear Snores On is to exemplify the act of hibernation. Hibernation is a time when animals ‘sleep’ through the cold weather, which is demonstrated by the bear.
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LibraryThing member biblio_girl
A bear sleeps in his cave while wild woodland friends have a party in his lair. Bear wakes up and is sad he has missed the party, but his friends make sure he has fun too.
LibraryThing member sarahbassett
In my opinion Bear Snores On is a fabulous children’s book. I feel this way based on the simple, yet, expressive language, writing style, and the well thought out pictures to support the story. First, I feel as though the language is descriptive, and has a repetition throughout the book, which
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young children love. For example, on every fourth page it says, “But the bear snores on.” I know when I read this story to my sisters, they couldn’t wait to say “But the bear snores on,” as though they were apart of the story. This makes the story engaging! Which leads me to the writing style. The writing is expressive, engaging, and flows so smoothly. Here is an example that supports my opinion, “Cuddled in a heap, with his eyes shut tight, he sleeps though the day, he sleeps though the night. The cold winds howl and the night sounds growl. But the bear snores on.” The writing is so calming and engaging. Lastly, the illustrations, oh the illustrations! I find myself so taken by each illustration. The bear looks so sound, and each one of his friends are so blissful and warm feeling in my eyes. The colors are very soft, thus, they are all appropriate for the mood of the story. In conclusion, the message of the story is based around a bear who slumbers through his friends having fun together in his cave while he snores on, when he wakes he appears very angry, but really he just wished he had been able to enjoy the time with his friends.
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LibraryThing member kelseyo
This book displays friendship between the bear and all the other animals. It also shows readers that different animals have different patterns that make up their day or even their life. This shows children that not everyone is the same.
LibraryThing member matthewbloome
This is a fun rhyming story that could introuce hibernation though science is hardly focus here. It is a cute story of a collection of animals that gather in a bear's den during a terrible storm while he sleeps. The group grows a few animals at a time and the party grows continually until the bear
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sniffs a pinch of pepper and sneezes himself awake. He's understandably upset to find his den occupied by so many but they are friendly animals and they ofer him to join i the festivities and they all become great friends. It's a nice primary story of friendship.
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LibraryThing member awanalex
Bear Snores On is about a bear who is asleep in his cave and other animals see that and try to wake him up.

I liked this book because it kind of teaches the reader about bears hibernating. I would use this mainly as a fun book to read in my classroom.

I would use this for grades kindergarten-2nd. The
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theme is to not wake a sleeping bear or bother his cave while they are sleeping.
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Nebraska Golden Sower Award (Nominee — 2006)
Monarch Award (Nominee — 2006)
Kentucky Bluegrass Award (Nominee — 2006)
Buckaroo Book Award (Nominee — 2004)
Grand Canyon Reader Award (Nominee — Picture Books — 2004)
Charlotte Zolotow Award (Highly Commended Title — 2003)
Virginia Readers' Choice (Nominee — 2004)
Golden Archer Award (Nominee — 2004)
Flicker Tale Award (Nominee — Picture Books — 2006)
Ladybug Picture Book Award (Nominee — 2003)
South Carolina Book Awards (Nominee — 2006)


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6.63 x 5.88 inches

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