Thursday, April 5, 2018

"Wake Up, Baby Bear!" - a bookwrap

Wake up Baby Bear Spring has sprung!  


"Wake Up, Baby Bear!" 

Authored by Lynn Plourde
Illustrated by Teri Weidner

Ages: 3+
Publisher: Down East Books
Pub date: May 1, 2018. 

Unwrapping some fabulous illustrations for you

About the book

Baby Bear cannot keep his eyes open even though it's Spring and his hibernation time has come to an end.   He stays up too late in the fall and finds he is unable to get himself awake and back into active life now that it's Springtime.

His buddies Moose, Owl, and Hare try their hardest to motivate him to rise and shine but to no avail. His eyes just won't say open.  Finally a harried Mother Robin knows just how to get Baby Bear into gear and administers a hard peck on the end of his nose.  Oh my!!! When he awakens he finds that Mother Robin has used his furry warm tummy as a rocking cradle for her nest with blue eggs inside.  

"But as Baby Bear started to get up, Robin pecked him on the nose again and said, "Don't move! My eggs!" 

Mother Robin makes it very clear that her eggs are not for Baby Bear's breakfast consumption as he thought they might be.  He tries to get up thus spilling the eggs out of the nest.  Luckily Baby Bear gently catches each one with his big paws and just in time too.  You see the eggs are starting to crack open and chirping baby birds are starting to appear.  The little robins are squawking loudly and extremely hungry.  

Their Mother knows she needs to go and tend to their empty tummies.  She asks Baby Bear if he will babysit while she goes to fetch them food.  Will he agree and become the caring babysitter that is needed for such a time as this? What do you think his decision will be? 

This book is a follow-up to "Baby Bear's Not Hibernating" and themes of friendship, diversity, teamwork, and parenting skills are featured.  The author brilliantly includes Question and Answer pages at the back of the book to give the reader more factual and in-depth information about Black Bears.  

The illustrations are truly beautiful.  The colour pallet is soft and dreamy.  They are done in muted watercolour which is so fitting to the theme of the book.  "Wake Up, Baby Bear!" is wonderful to include in a classroom setting or elementary library and is a perfect bedtime story for home use.  I highly recommend this book.

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!

Introducing the author

Lynn Plourde is the author of more than 30 children's books, mostly picture books, but also a graphic novel and a middle grade novel. She's a teaching author who has done hundreds of visits to schools where she shares her books interactively, acts some out as plays, and teaches writing mini-lessons to students. Lynn is a native Mainer who frequently uses her home state for inspiration when writing. She currently lives in Winthrop, Maine, with her husband. You can learn more at her website:

About the illustrator

During my childhood in Fairport, New York, I was always the kid hunched over my desk with a big mess of crayons. The apex of my artistic career came early, when at 9 years, I won both first and third prize in an Easter egg decorating contest judged by my classmates.

I spent four exciting years at the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating in 1985. In 1989 I got two big breaks – my first magazine work, for Cricket magazine, and my first book job, illustrating The Watching Game by Louise Borden, which was published by Scholastic in 1991.

Since then I have illustrated over 20 children's books, both trade and educational. I have been thrilled to put pictures to words written by such wonderful authors as Jan Karon and Margaret Wise Brown. My first book as a writer and illustrator, Always Twins, was published by Holiday House in 2015. Other publishers include: Scholastic, Viking Press, Bloomsbury Publishing, Sterling Childrens Books, Sleeping Bear Press, Little Simon, and Down East Books.
I work in watercolor, colored pencil, and a little of whatever else happens to be on my desk at the time ... cat fur included.

I now live with my husband Chris Dahlen and our son Nicholas, as well as our cat Phinneas and several fish, who have all served as models at one point or another. We all fit in a blue house in lovely Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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