Bear Snores On features “a great brown bear” who sleeps on through winter while many of his animal friends visit, share food, and make a ruckus. Finally he wakes up with a loud sneeze and he complains that all his friends have been having fun without him! So the bear and company eat more food, tell stories, and have a good time. But soon his friends fall asleep and the bear is the only one left awake!
Karma Wilson’s Bear Snores On is a great storytime pick for ages 2-6 because it is fairly short and will easily grab their short attention spans with its witty rhymes. One feature of this book is the repetition of the phrase “and the bear snores on” which kids will love saying aloud with you. In addition, it has onomatopoeia, including many different animal noises (every kid’s favorite), on nearly every page which kids will love echoing during storytime. A prominent theme of sharing between friends is also noteworthy about Bear Snores On. Finally, Jane Chapman’s colorful illustrations perfectly complement the story and will help reinforce it for younger readers, and are large enough for kids to see even at bigger storytimes.
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