Bear is very particular about all the arrangements when he goes to sleep. So when he has mouse over for a sleepover, he is a little worried. After reminding mouse several times to be quiet, he finally drifts off to sleep. Then he hears a noise and is scared. Mouse helps him look in the closet, under the bed, and behind the curtain, but finds nothing, so they both go back to sleep. The End.
Having said that, one needs only to read the reviews on Amazon to find several people who loved the book. Perhaps if we were more familiar with the characters from the other books by Bonny Becker, it would have been more fun. And if your child is one who is always looking for monsters under the bed, it may be just the thing.
Books for Children Ages: 2 to 5 years old
Related Discussion Topics: Bedtime routine, sleepovers, being afraid.
- Get a large piece of paper. Draw a picture (or cut one our from a magazine) for each thing you do to get ready for bed. Glue it on, then decorate to make a "getting ready for bed" reminder chart. Skills: Creativity, fine motor, understanding order (first, second, third, etc.).
- When reading the book, look for all the ways that bear and mouse are the same and different (e.g. one is big, one is small, they are both tired). Skills: Critical thinking, opposites, looking for patterns.
Culture Differences: Perhaps the best moral from this story is that even very different people can be friends.
Children's Book Review Rating: 2 Stars - Boring Book