Martin Waddell Can't You Sleep Little Bear

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Can't You Sleep Little Bear

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A beloved bedtime story lights up the dark all around us in this sumptuous new printing of a Candlewick classic.

Ten years ago, when a new Candlewick Press first published Martin Waddell’s and Barbara Firth’s CAN'T YOU SLEEP, LITTLE BEAR?, the quiet, classic picture book met with resounding reviews. "Move over GOODNIGHT MOON," raved PUBLISHERS WEEKLY in a boxed review (Candlewick’s first review ever). "Perfect for bedtime, or anytime," echoed KIRKUS REVIEWS. "Bound to become a beloved bedtime ritual," said SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL.

Now, in honor of that tenth anniversary, the book that became the first of a best-selling series - about a Little Bear who doesn’t like the dark and a sage Big Bear who brings him the moon - gets a well-earned deluxe treatment. This glorious printing boasts a beautiful new jacket embossed with gold, and a free, limited-edition print of the book’s cover, showing Big and Little Bear, the bright, yellow moon, and all the twinkly stars - perfect for framing!

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Martin Waddell is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest living writers of books for children. He has won many awards, including the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2004. Martin lives in Northern Ireland. Barbara Firth illustrated the award-winning Big and Little Bear series by Martin Waddell and, in 1989, she won the Emil/Kurt Maschler Award for The Park in the Dark, also written by Martin Waddell. She lives in Harrow.

From Kirkus Reviews:

In this comforting story about a big bear trying to help a little bear overcome his fear of the dark, both the affectionate humor and the beguiling variations on a repetitive theme are reminiscent of Minarik's classic Little Bear (1957); but this British team gives a fresh flavor to the old formula. For one thing, these bears live in a cave, comfortably furnished but just the site for lurking shadows. Big Bear (who looks like an informally updated version of one of L. Leslie Brooke's amiable Three Bears) is trying to read, but willingly fetches first one and then another and another ever-larger lantern to dispel the dark that troubles the restless little bear; finally, they go into the real dark outside to admire the full moon and Little Bear drifts off to sleep, safe at last in Big Bear's encompassing arms. Waddell's charming narration has the grace and economy of old nursery tales. Using frames of mellow slate blue, Firth sets her pencil and watercolor illustrations beneath gentle arches that suggest the cave's interior, comfortably accommodating the text among vignettes and larger spreads. As in Brooke's illustrations, there are delightful domestic details to explore, but the bears are best of all. Perfect for bedtime, or anytime. (Picture book. 3-7) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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