Bearsie Bear and the Surprise Sleepover Party
By Bernard Waber
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Library Binding, 9780395864500, 40pp.)
Publication Date: October 1997
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Bearsie Bear is just falling asleep when a very cold Moosie Moose knocks on the door and asks to sleep over in Bearsie Bear's warm bed. Next knocks Cowsie Cow, then Piggie Pig, then Foxie Fox, then Goosie Goose . . . and the bed becomes, to say the least, crowded. The final knock is from Porkie Porcupine, whose insistence on a place to sleep causes a very pointed problem. How these animal friends make room for one another makes for a truly friendly picture book read-aloud for very young children.
Bernard Waber, who has written eight delightful books about Lyle the Crocodile, a little boy named Ira, and a firefly named Torchy, is the author of more than seventeen picture books for children. Widely praised by reviewers for his ability to describe common family problems, he is best loved by children for his freeflowing humor and gentle characters.
"When Bearsie Bear is just warmly tucked in, there comes a knock at the door.It is Moosie Moose wanting to sleep over. Subsequent knocks reveal Cowsie Cow, Piggie Pig, Foxie Fox, and Goosie Goose. Kindly Bearsie Bear adds them one by one to the now-crowded bed. . . . A splendid read-aloud, extremely repetitive and very funny, too: the reader aloud will undoubtedly be joined by a chorus of listeners happily helping the story along its cumulative way." Horn Book, Starred