Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?: Chinese/English

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Little Bear is afraid of the dark, and just cannot go to sleep. Big Bear tries everything, and soon their cave shines with the light of three lanterns. But what about the dark outside?

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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.

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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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