The Resource Bear snores on, Karma Wilson ; illustrations by Jane Chapman

Bear snores on, Karma Wilson ; illustrations by Jane Chapman

Bear snores on
Bear snores on
Statement of responsibility
Karma Wilson ; illustrations by Jane Chapman
On a cold winter night many animals gather to party in the cave of a sleeping bear, who then awakes and protests that he has missed the food and the fun
Member of
  • Great Lakes Great Books Award (Michigan), Grades K-1, 2004.
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2003
  • Ages 3-6. “In a cave in the woods, in his deep, dark lair, through the long, cold winter sleeps a great brown bear.” To the rhythm of such fetching verses, a tiny mouse seeks shelter in a bear’s snug cave. A hare soon follows, and the two quietly pop corn and brew tea as “bear snores on.” Then a badger arrives with crunchy nuts to share, followed by a gopher, a mole, a wren, and a raven. Bear’s den is full and noisy (as indicated by the large, bold type), but bear still “snores on.” Then a fleck of pepper for the stew mouse is seasoning makes Bear sneeze, and he awakens to the revelers in his cave. Happy for the company and the food they have prepared, he stays up all night telling stories. In the morning, it’s Bear who is awake; everyone else is fast asleep and snoring. The comfy look of Bear’s cave and the snappy rhythm of the text beckon youngsters into the story, and the expressively drawn, amusingly posed animal characters ensure repeated readings. (Reviewed January 1, 2002) -- Ellen Mandel
  • PreS-Gr 3–Wilson has crafted a story that is just right for chilly winter nights. Snow is falling and Bear is sound asleep in his warm, dark cave. Trying to escape the weather, Mouse crawls inside and builds a fire. Seeing the crackling blaze, Hare hops in to share some popcorn and black tea. One by one, other woodland creatures join the impromptu party, each bringing a contribution. Through it all "…the bear snores on" until, finally, a small fleck of pepper makes him sneeze. Once he is awake, his gruff reaction to the merrymaking is not exactly welcoming, but he quickly comes around. The cadence of the narrative is infectious: "And they nibble and they munch with a/CHEW–/CHOMP–/CRUNCH!/But/the bear/snores on." The layout, with unusual breaks and oversized verbs, emphasizes the rhythm of the story. The characters are infused with warmth and humor. Though anthropomorphic, they retain their realism, due in part to the detail with which they are rendered. The warm, soft tones of these acrylic illustrations perfectly capture the coziness of Bear's lair and capture the action. The descriptive rhyming text, reminiscent of Bill Martin, Jr.'s Listen to the Rain (Holt, 1988), is perfect for reading aloud as well as for one-on-one sharing. Kids will ask for this book again and again.–Heather E. Miller, Homewood Public Library, AL (Reviewed January 1, 2002) (School Library Journal, vol 48, issue 1, p114)
  • The title also serves as the book's refrain: because he's hibernating, the fluffy, snoring Bear remains oblivious as Mouse, Hare, Badger, Mole, Wren and Raven seek refuge in his cave from the blowing snow and frigid temperatures. Working in soft-textured acrylics, Chapman (Happy and Honey ) makes both the biting weather and the warm, womb-like shelter of Bear's cave palpable. The once bedraggled animals perk up considerably, and first-time author Wilson describes the ensuing high spirits with a musical flair: "They tweet and they titter./ They chat and they chitter./ But the bear snores on." There's a moment of tension when Bear unexpectedly wakes up and the uninvited guests wonder if they'll be evicted. But Wilson demonstrates how well she knows her audience: the bear only bemoans the fact that he slept through all the fun; the unwitting host proves that he may be the biggest party animal of all. Ages 3-7. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed November 26, 2001) (Publishers Weekly, vol 248, issue 48, p60)
Cataloging source
Wilson, Karma
no index present
Literary form
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Chapman, Jane
Series statement
Bear books (Karma Wilson)
Series volume
  • Bears
  • Animals
  • Parties
  • Stories in rhyme
Target audience
Bear snores on, Karma Wilson ; illustrations by Jane Chapman
Margaret K. McElderry Books
27 x 29 cm.
[34] p.
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) bwi05834134
  • CARL0623428913
  • (OCoLC)731380440
Bear snores on, Karma Wilson ; illustrations by Jane Chapman
Margaret K. McElderry Books
27 x 29 cm.
[34] p.
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) bwi05834134
  • CARL0623428913
  • (OCoLC)731380440

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