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Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?

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It is an excellent story to use expression when being told, making it an excellent book to engage the child whom it is being read to( eg. different voices for little bear and big bear, facial expressions protraying fear, reassurance etc). They had clearly read it before numerous times because the repetition throughout meant they also read it aloud along with me!

The children will easily be able to understand the plot of the story and will look forward to finding out Big Bear's solution to curing the darkness so that Little Bear can finally go to sleep in one peace! They are also shaped like windows so that the reader is almost looking into this new world where the bears live.The illustrations are darling and I loved how, in the end, Big Bear wanted Little Bear to confront his fear of the dark, but did so in a very gentle and reassuring way helping him to always see the lights that appear in the darkness.

The second bedtime book from Northern Irish author Martin Waddell, after the equally delightful Owl Babies, that I have read, Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.The children loved this story and so did I, it is about a little bear who cannot go to sleep because he is afraid of the dark. It’s a repetitive story so it would be ideal to read out to very young children and encourage them to join in with you. However as they are so young and don’t yet have the cognitive ability to have this book read to them fully as a class they have the story read to them as a sensory story – which I have found fascinating. The DVD is short but beautiful, using the original pictures from the book with a little animation, soothing narration and gentle backing music to tell the story. Honestly I think I enjoyed this more than the kids with how Big Bear wants to get back to his book but he patiently puts Little Bear to bed each time.

He's only young but likes to look at the pictures and it's a good length story to help him get used to hearing people read.The little bear can’t fall asleep because he is afraid of the dark, and always seems to find some small area of darkness regardless of how many lanterns big bear brings for him.

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