Parents' Guide to

Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?

By Mary Dixon Weidler, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 2+

As reassuring as a goodnight hug.

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Reassuring bedtime story

This can be a very reassuring story for kids who might be scared of the dark. As the parent reading the book to the kids, it can be a little redundant each time the 2 bears go through the questions and answers.

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As reassuring as a goodnight hug, this sweet tale of a little one's fear of the dark will ring familiar to young listeners and to their parents. Big Bear epitomizes parental devotion, as he goes to any extent to comfort his little charge. This is a good bedtime book, lulling in its repetition, and the children love saying Little Bear's repeated "I'm afraid!" each time the reader asks the title question.

The pencil and watercolor illustrations, surrounded by an arch-shaped border, echo the shape of the bears' cave. They are soft in tone and capture the bears' expressions. "That's just what I do!" one 4-year-old girl said as she studied the illustrations of Little Bear attempting to fall asleep. When the story was over, she turned to her mother and asked, "Will you read this to me before bed?"

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