Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?

Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?

By Martin Waddell; Barbara Firth (Illustrator)

Candlewick Press (MA), Paperback, 9781564022622, 32pp.

Publication Date: January 1994


"I don't like the dark," said Little Bear.
"What dark?" said Big Bear.
"The dark all around us," said Little Bear.

In this tender account of a sleepless night in the bear cave, Big Bear sets out with all his patience and understanding to show Little Bear that the dark is nothing to be afraid of. When all the lanterns in the cave aren't enough to quell Little Bear's troubled emotions, Big Bear offers—in a final loving gesture—nothing less than the bright yellow moon and the twinkling stars! More comforting than even the best of lullabies, this bedtime story is destined to become a classic.

About the Author
Martin Waddell is the award-winning author of many books for children, including "Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?" and the other Little Bear books, illustrated by Barbara Firth, "Farmer Duck, " illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, and "Owl Babies, " illustrated by Patrick Benson. He lives in Northern Ireland.

Barbara Firth lives in Harrow, Middlesex, England. She has been honored with many awards including the 1998 Kate Greenway Medal for Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? by Martin Waddell.