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Do you have a special bedtime bear?
My Special Bedtime Bear - Clare Freednman
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My Special Bedtime Bear - Clare Freednman
Advantages: Lovely story, fantastic drawings
Well after the usual christmas choas I have been trying to sort out the childrens toys and going through the bookshelf I found this book that we haven't read in while.
Our daughter saw this book in our local Tesco when we were shopping and asked to buy this with her pennies as she liked the look of the teddy on the front, the book cost £3.79 although the RRP of the book is £3.99. I have had a look on Amazon and found that this book is available in paperback, hardback and a board book although strangely the paperback book is the more expensive of the three.
The book is written by Claire Freedman who is also the author of "Aliens Love Underpants" and illustrated by Daniel Howarth who illustrates lots of books with animals as the main characters rather than people. The book was published by Gullane Childrens books in 2010 so the book hasn't been around for very long. The book is quite a large book being around 10 inches square which I like as I prefer to read the bigger childrens books so we can all see the book without a tug o war.
The front Cover
The front cover shows two bears having a cuddle at bedtime, there is a Mummy Bear and then the little bear is in the bed and they both have their eyes closed as if they are really enjoying their nighttime cuddle. The background of the book is dark showing it is nighttime and then the name of the book is written in white lettering across the top of the bookm so it stands out yet the author and illustrator details are written in black and tucked to the side of the book so they are not very noticeable. I think the front cover of the book is really cute and this was the reason my daughter picked it off the shop shelves so I know it attracted her.
The book begins with Mummy Bear collecting Baby Bear who is playing outside in the woods and telling baby it is time for bed. They walk through the woods and see Fluffy Fox having his bath in his home to which Baby Bear says "just like my bath-time" but Mummy Bear tells him that his bath-time is extra special although baby cannot work out why. Next the bears pass by Bunny Burrow where Little Bouncy Bunny is having a bedtime story "just like our story time" Baby Bear says to which he is told that their story time is happy special. Next the bears pass by Hedgehog's Holllow where Little Huggy Hedgehog is being tucked into bed by his Mummy "just like when you put me to bed" says Baby Bear to which he is told that his bedtime is cosy special. Finally they pass Vole's Hole where Little Roly Vole is having goodnight cuddles "just like my goodnight cuddles" says Baby Bear to which he is told his goodnight cuddles are even more snuggly special. The Bears reach Bear Cave and then bBaby Bear has a bath and reads a story with Mummy Bear, next Baby Bear climbs into bed and asks his Mummy why his bedtime is extra special to which Mummy Bear tells him it's because it is spent with him and it's him that is the extra special part to which they snuggle together and Baby Bear closes his eyes.
The pictures in this book are simply beautiful, the pictures capture everything the author describes and more, in the woods there are little leaves floating up from beneath Baby Bears feets as he runs and little toadstools tucked away in the grass. The detailing of these pictures is beautiful and the illustrator has captured the shadowing from the lights brilliantly. I love the pictures and so does my daughter we spend time when we read this book pointing out what we can see in the pictures such as a little bumble bee sat upon a blade of grass. The pictures take up the whole of the pages and sometimes cross over a double page with the writing fitted in a suitable place yet on other pages pictures are drawn within circular frames, it makes you feel like a great deal of thought and effort has gone into these pictures.
We both love this book, the book is easy to read and has some lovely wording such as "shadowy woods" and "swaying trees" we take time to point out what the words are describing making story time much more interactive. The story isn't too short as we find with some books as my daughter is getting older and has about 6 lines to a page and has 10 double pages so it is long enough for my daughter to enjoy one on one time with myself or her father. The pictures capture everything in the story and more and the price of this book is more than reasonable. One thing I love about this book is it is very similar to our own routine at home and I like to compare it to our own actions. A very beautiful book with lovely text to read and pictures to look at, greatly recommended.
Summary: A delightful bedtime read