Good Night, Baby Bear
By Frank Asch
Mother Bear is anxious to do what bears do best. She wants to
sleep the winter away. The snow has just started to fall and the air is getting chilly. However, she is faced with a problem which will take
creativity and a little help to solve.
Baby Bear is afraid to sleep in the dark cave. It is difficult to fall asleep in a place in which you are
unaccustomed. Baby Bear wonders why he and his mother cannot sleep under the sky like they always have before. Like ordinary children who don't like bedtime, Baby Bear comes up with plenty of excuses why he cannot sleep.
When he requests a snack, Mother Bear manages to find an apple on an apple tree. She brings it back to him in the cave, hoping that he will now settle down and go to sleep. He tosses and turns and soon requests a drink. Mother Bear now must call on her own ingenuity to bring water back to the cave. She finds a branch with some leaves attached, she dips it into water and brings it back to her young son. But Baby Bear is still not satisfied, he now insists that he needs the moon.
Mother Bear is trying hard to make her little cub comfortable.
Feeling at wits end, she questions the moon, "What am I to do?" Some snow at the top of the hill begins to roll. By the time it reaches where the mother is, it has formed a ball. Mother Bear notices that the ball resembles the moon. She rolls it into the cave and explains that with the moonlight coming into the cave and reflecting on the snowball, it shines just like the moon.
Baby Bear is now comforted but he still has just one more
request. His mother is very unhappy when she realizes that he needs just one more thing. However, his request is something that mothers usually honor without qualms. After a big kiss and a bear hug, hibernation is at hand.
Children ages 2-6 will delight in this book. There is nothing like a couple of cuddly bears and a good story to get ready for sleep.