Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep
by Maureen Wright, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
Marshall Cavendish Children, 2009
Written in loose rhyme with a gently flowing rhythm, Old Man Winter tells Big Bear to, “Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep. But bear is hard of hearing and thinks he is to drive a jeep. Which he does, causing all sorts of havoc. Bear heads to a bed when he hears Old Man Winter remind him to sleep. Mis-hearing him, Big Bear thinks he was told to sweep, then leap, and dive deep. Finally, in exasperation, Old Man Winter cries out something else, and bear finds his sleep.
A great read-aloud, where kids see the humor when bear mis-hears and routes for Big Bear to go to sleep.