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Sleepover with Beatrice & Bear
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Reading Level:
AD 460 L Lexile
"Beatrice the bunny wants to share winter with her best friend, Bear, but he will be busy hibernating"--


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This delightful story of an irrepressible bunny will engage readers on many levels as it celebrates creativity, making the best of circumstances, and the joy of the changing seasons.

How can two friends share winter when one of them is hibernating? Beatrice and Bear meet one spring day and become best buddies. They play together through summer and fall. Then winter comes and Beatrice can't find Bear anywhere. She hears he's gone to hibernate--but where on earth is that? When Beatrice learns that hibernation is not a place and that Bear will be sleeping all winter long, she fears it will be a lonely season . . . unless she comes up with a brilliant plan to share winter with Bear too.

Author Notes

Mônica Carnesi ( also wrote and illustrated Little Dog Lost , which was a Horn Book Fanfare Book, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book, a Bank Street Best Book, and winner of the Gryphon Honor Award. She is an artist and librarian, which allows her to combine her love for illustration and passion for children's literature. Mônica lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Reviews 5

Publisher's Weekly Review

When Bear goes into hibernation, his best friend, a bunny named Beatrice, figures it's just an extended slumber party and eagerly joins him-until she realizes that his kind of slumbering is out of her league. (The scenes in which the bunny tries her best to sleep like a log should resonate with temporary insomniacs.) "Winter is ruined!" Beatrice says, sounding very much a petulant human child-or an adult's inner child. But with wise counsel and help from a squirrel, Beatrice realizes she can share winter with her friend (who, after all, has never experienced the season) by documenting all the ways she enjoys it. Carnesi (Little Dog Lost) is one of those authors who make storytelling appear effortless and intuitive while conveying a wealth of empathy, personality, and humor. There isn't a wasted word in her text, and the watercolors brim with good will and just a touch of silliness. Her take on maintaining connection in the face of separation feels both timeless and very much of the moment. Ages 3-6. Agent: Teresa Kietlinski, Prospect Agency. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

"Beatrice and Bear met on a clear spring day," the book opens -- and observers will note that Bear has accidentally trampled rabbit Beatrice's carrot patch in pursuit of a beehive. A panel sequence of illustrations shows how this unfortunate incident resolves, and the two spend the year developing a close friendship. When Bear departs to hibernate, confused Beatrice wants to come along ("That's where I'm going too. I heard it's beautiful this time of year!") but needs help with the specifics ("'Hibernate is not a place,' said the squirrel. 'It's a long winter sleep'"). With sleepover visions, eager Beatrice packs a bag and heads over to Bear's house, but all winter is a long time to have a slumber party, particularly when half the party is sleeping so soundly. Appealing ink, watercolor, and colored-pencil illustrations draw readers in with their energy and emotion, while plenty of white space and a variety of page layouts and perspectives provide strong pacing. The succinct text and illustrations work seamlessly together to tell the story with humor and feeling, using page turns to heighten drama. In this spirited look at friendship through the seasons, Beatrice ultimately finds a way to enjoy that long winter and include her sleeping friend Bear, too. julie roach (c) Copyright 2014. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Beatrice (a bunny) and Bear play together throughout the spring and fall, but one day, Bear is gone. When she learns that Bear hibernates, Beatrice packs a suitcase, knocks on his door, and announces that bunnies hibernate, too. Though Bear is soon snoozing, Beatrice can't sleep, and, back outdoors, she thinks of wintry pleasures that Bear will miss. As snow begins to fall, she finds a way to share the season with her friend, and in the spring, she surprises Bear with a Great Scrapbook of Winter Delights and Adventures. The story is simply told through the concise text and the buoyant pictures, which vary in palette according to the season. Created with brushed ink, watercolors, and colored pencils, Carnesi's spare, expressive illustrations have a charm all their own. Given the perennial demand for books to support classroom units on winter and hibernation, libraries may want to consider multiple copies of this pleasing picture book, an excellent read-aloud choice for preschool and kindergarten classes.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2014 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 4-The author of Little Dog Lost (Penguin, 2012) has another winner here. When Bear sits on Beatrice's carrots while beehive watching, he doesn't make a very good first impression. However, despite a rocky beginning, the bear and the bunny become great friends sharing adventures all through the spring, summer, and fall. Then one day Beatrice can't find her pal, and Squirrel informs her that he's hibernating-a long winter sleep. Beatrice loves the idea and soon joins Bear. "Really? Bunnies hibernate too?" "Definitely!" said Beatrice. "Bunnies are GREAT hibernators." But as Bear drops off to sleep, poor Beatrice can only toss and turn. Finally giving up, she leaves the den declaring, "Winter is ruined!" But with the help of Squirrel, Beatrice puts her friendless time to good use, and when Bear awakens, she greets him with a scrapbook of the season. This wonderful book is filled with pictures, drawings, and notes that they can read together again and again. Carnesi's sweet illustrations perfectly capture the joys of friendship, the frustration at being left behind, and the satisfaction in making something for a friend. The spare text is an excellent complement to the lively illustrations, and the addition of speech balloons for Beatrice's big emotions really lets her perky personality shine. Sure to be a hit in every library.-Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

In a gentle tale for the very young, a rabbit named Beatrice finds an ingenious way to share winter with her hibernating best friend, Bear.The first sentence, appearing over a winsome bear sitting in a carrot patch, announces, "Beatrice and Bear met on a clear spring day." Little readers will squeal with delight when they comprehend the next page, which says, with great understatement, "They did not get off to a good start." Bear looks down at an irate rabbit vainly trying to shift Bear's large bottom off the squashed carrot plants. But the relationship improves. The story of their blossoming friendship continues, with sweet-faced Beatrice and Bear engaging in all sorts of human activities throughout spring, summer and fall. Beatrice's navet will evoke chuckles when, after a friendly squirrel kindly explains that "hibernation" is not a place, Beatrice jumps to the conclusion that it's a sleepover and rushes to "hibernate" with Bear. Very funny pictures, including one of Beatrice wearing a sleep mask, illustrate her inability to join Bear's deep sleep. The squirrel again comes to Beatrice's aid, helping her arrive at a "brilliant idea" (begging the question of why the squirrel cannot be a third, named friend). The illustrations are simple cartoons with watercolor washes, and they skillfully convey both the many anthropomorphic touches, such as Beatrice's carrot-decorated blanket, and a subtle range of emotions on the best friends' faces.Winningly sweet. (Picture book. 2-5) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.