Hush Up and Hibernate!
by Sandra Markle
Illustrated by Howard McWilliam
36 pages – ages 4+
Series: Hush Up (Book 1)
Published by Persnickety Press on August 27, 2018
Theme/Topic: Bears/Hibernation/Going to Bed
Opening: “Mama Bear lifts her head and looks at the red leaves dancing in the wind. ‘I see winter coming,’ she tells her cub. ‘It’s time to hibernate.’ ”
Publisher’s Synopsis: Leaves are falling, a cold wind is blowing, geese are heading south. Clearly, winter is coming. It’s time for black bears to do what they always do this time of year―hibernate. Kids will get a kick out of this romp of a tale about a black bear cub that finds every excuse imaginable to avoid the inevitable go-to-bed moment. Will Mama Bear finally win? Or will Baby Bear come up with the ultimate reason to skip going to sleep?
Why I liked this Book: This is a twist on the classic kid wont go to bed book. I have to admit, I first picked the book up because of the cover illustration. I mean, just look at baby bear’s face as his mom is talking to him about how he has to go to sleep –
It made me laugh just looking at it. All of McWilliam’s interior illustrations are equally as enjoyable.
Markle spins a story of a tired mom trying to get her little one to go to sleep. Baby finds every excuse not to – I have to say goodbye to the fish – I’m hungry – I’m thirsty – the bed is not comfortable. Parents and kids will both enjoy this book and I think it is a wonderful read aloud. What really put this one over the top for me are the end pages. There is information on animals that hibernate and also facts about bear dens. Markle also included suggested reading and websites on bears and hibernation.
Resources and Activities: The book has built in resources in the back of the book!
How about making your own blanket-fort bear den for nap time? Hmm – I actually think I may try that today!
Teachingamama.org has a list of great preschool hibernation activities click HERE to go THERE!
For a listing of perfect picture books check out Susana Leonard Hill’s blog !