Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? by Martin Waddell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
'Little Bear can't sleep. There is dark all around him in the Bear Cave. Not even Big Bear's biggest lantern can light up the darkness of the night outside. But then Big Bear finds the perfect way to reassure Little Bear and help him fall fast asleep...'
I bought this book to use as a topic for my class, to learn about light and dark and narrative.
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. The story is about big bear trying to solve this problem until eventually he falls asleep.
The book is beautifully illustrated and the language is good in the story. I also used this book to introduce the children to questions and how we know what they are and when someone is asking a question. From an educational point of view this book offers a lot.
The book also made the children laugh and they identified the repetition which they enjoyed joining in with. The children were glued to the book as it was being read and were interested in finding out what was going to happen to help little bear fall asleep.
Some children identified with the story as they found the dark scary. This also helped them to see that there is nothing to be frightened of, and reassured them.
I love this book as it is brilliant for combining literacy with the science topic light and dark.