Bear Snores On

Author: Karma Wilson | Illustrator: Jane Chapman

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ISBN: 9780689831874

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Binding: Hardcover

Year Distributed: 2008 - 2009

Availability: Past Books

Themes/Topics: Rhymes & Nursery Rhymes, Animals

Book Acticity

As the other animals of the wood stop by to throw a little party to warm up in Bear's cave, the guests notice that their unexpected host will sleep through it all until he suddenly wakes to discover all the festivities around him.


Age Group 4 years

What’s Happening at this Age

  • Understanding that words are read from left to right and pages are read from top to bottom
  • Recognizing their name in print and other often-seen words, like those on signs name beginning letters or sounds of words
  • Matching some letters to their sounds
  • Developing awareness of syllables
  • May use familiar letters to try writing words
  • Retelling stories that have been read to them

Your child already knows how to read some words! Familiar favorite words like their own name, friends’ names, the name of their favorite restaurant, or other places you frequent, are part of your child’s sight word vocabulary. They aren’t quite decoding the words as they will later but they recognize the shape of the word when written out. Some logos like McDonalds or Subway also have color cues that your child can use to figure out the word. More and more, your child is paying attention to the visual clues of words. They are also continuing to make connections between the sounds and the letters that represent them. They may be telling stories by drawing pictures and sometimes adding letters or even a whole word to their drawings. This is a busy time in emergent literacy as your child is standing right on the edge of being able to read and write themselves!

Click here to see a full list of milestones for your 4-year-old as well as tips and activities for you and your child!

Why did we select this book?

With some picture books, it is love at first sight. 'Bear Snores On' has great language, fun sounds, and fantastic illustrations. What the selection committee loved most, though, was the mounting suspense as each new animal was added to the story. As a reader, you just know that each additional noise is going to wake the bear up. That sweet suspense leads to a perfect surprise ending.


Book Acticity
Related Activities

Why not make a Bear Snores On snack time? Pop popcorn with your young reader and make cups of herbal tea just like the characters in the book. Consider cutting out snowflakes and taping them to your windows to make your kitchen feel like the warm cave in a winter storm. Need some inspiration? Here are some great ideas for making snowflakes. On another day, you could make a cave with your young reader. Place chairs in a semi-circle and put a blanket over the top. Your young reader can crawl under the blanket into the makeshift cave. Maybe your reader could bring stuffed animals inside the cave and act out the story. Someone could play the bear snoring as everyone else tries to wake him up!


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