Synopses & Reviews
This delightful story of an irrepressible bunny will engage readers on many levels as it celebrates creativity, making the best of circumstances, and the joy of the changing seasons.
How can two friends share winter when one of them is hibernating? Beatrice and Bear meet one spring day and become best buddies. They play together through summer and fall. Then winter comes and Beatrice cant find Bear anywhere. She hears hes gone to hibernatebut where on earth is that? When Beatrice learns that hibernation is not a place and that Bear will be sleeping all winter long, she fears it will be a lonely season . . . unless she comes up with a brilliant plan to share winter with Bear too.
"This exuberant cumulative tale teaches a science lesson as it tells a story. Bear can tell ... it is time to hibernate. But before she crawls into her cave to go to sleep, she alerts Snail, who tells Skunk, who tells Turtle, and on and on, until silly, enthusiastic Ladybug awakens Bear to give her the news she already has.... The beautifully textured double-page spreads are expressive and funny." --Booklist
How to Clean a Hippopotomus: A Look at Unusual Animal Partnerships
with Robin Page
"These fascinating stories from the natural world will easily interest young people, many of whom will want to move on from the appended notes about each featured critter to more in-depth titles that further explain the mysteries of animal symbiosis." --Booklist, starred review
Jenkins, Steve Never Smile at a Monkey: And 17 Other Important Things to Remember.
"This [Monkey] takes the cheesy appeal of the dangerous-animals hook and makes it thoughtful and inventive without robbing it of its melodramatic charm. . . Crisp and clean detail particularly distinguishes this batch of Jenkins' cut-out-collages, laid out with sharp edges against the white backgrounds, so the soft painterly striations and fibrous mottling stand out all the more." --The Bulletin
Down, Down, Down One of 8 Notable Children's Books of 2009
"Through a magical use of cut paper, Jenkins takes the reader on a voyage to the deepest part of the ocean. Multilayered and multicolored, bizarre creatures almost seem to move on the page; flying squid, cold-eyed mackerel and lacy, bioluminescent siphonophores (lighted up like Broadway bulbs). Helpful descriptions both inform and entertain." --New York Times Book Review"In this plunge into the deep, Jenkins displays his usual keen awareness of what is fascinating about biology and imparts it without sensationalismthe facts speak for themselves . . Sophisticated cut- and torn-paper collage-work fit the alien qualities of the subjects well; its equally at home capturing the tiered needlepoints of lizardfish teeth as it isdelivering an impressive and illuminating display of bioluminescence."--Booklist "Browsers will be delighted by the variety of species, shown in their appropriate colors although not to scale. Backmatter provides some information about the animals pictured, including sizes compared to a human body or hand, although the bibliography does not seem to include the sources used for those facts. Once again, Jenkins provides an almost irresistible entry into our natural world for the youngest readers."--Kirkus Reviews "Jenkins takes his signature collage to the oceans, sinking readers from the surface of the Pacific Ocean down nearly 11,000 meters to the bottom of the Marianas Trench. His style works well here: with passage into each zone (from the surface to the sunlit zone to the twilight zone, etc.), the blue backgrounds shade darker and murkier, which allows the intricate cut-paper animal illustrations to pop."--Horn Book How Many Ways Can You Catch a Fly? with Robin Page "With clear, gorgeous, freestanding images in cut- and torn-paper collage, each double-page spread shows detailed species close up, as well as the connections between animals. . . . An enthralling read-aloud, especially in small groups, where children can crowd up close to the images." Booklist,starred review Sisters and Brothers Sibling Relationships in the Animal World with Robin Page "[P]acked with amazing biology...Depicted in crisp, gorgeous, cut-and-torn paper collages..." Booklist,starred review "...splendid contribution, another winner from an accomplished team." Kirkus, starred review "...intriguing lore...in gorgeous cut-and-torn-paper collages." NYT Living Color Book Sense Autumn 2007 Children's Picks List "Once again, Steve Jenkins introduces science in a way that helps children learn concepts even as they have fun experiencing this brightly colored book, which reflects the stunning range of hues found in nature." Ellen Mager, Booktenders Children's, Doylestown, PA New York Public Library's annual list Childrens Books: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2007-http://www.publishersweekly.com/info/CA6498573.html?nid=278 Included in the Washington Post Book World (circulation 900,000) holiday issue round-up, December 9, 2007
"Jenkins once again astounds...the combination of easy-to-understand language and gorgeous illustrations makes this a prime choice for any young animal enthusiast's collection."Publishers Weekly,starred review "Another amazing work by a master illustrator." School Library Journal, starred "The phraseology is immediate and inviting...filled with lively, digestible tidbits...This will easily lure browsers in a range of ages..." The Bulletin Dogs and Cats "Jenkins brings his inimitable ability to clearly present scientific information to this uniquely styled flip-book … scientifically engaging and aesthetically pleasing...An inviting, multidimensional introduction to the pets we love." Horn Book, Starred "Jenkins is a master at presenting facts with style and clarity." The San Francisco Chronicle Move! A 2006 New York Times Best Illustrated Childrens Book of the Year A 2006 Parenting Magazine Childrens Book of the Year A 2006 Nick Jr. Family Magazine Best Book of the Year "In this eye-popping book illustrated with cut- and torn-paper collages, animals leap, swim, slide, swing, and waddle. . . . This book is gorgeous and educational." School Library Journal, starred review "Jenkins's cut-paper collages stand out against the white background, reinforcing the action and begging listeners to identify both the creatures and the verbs."Horn Book What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? with Robin Page A 2004 Caldecott Honor A 2003 Booklinks Lasting Connections Selection A 2003 Child Magazine Best Book of the Year "Jenkins, this time in collaboration with his wife, has created yet another eye-opening book." School Library Journal,starred review "This array of wide eyes and open mouths will definitely have viewers responding with wide eyes and open mouths of their own." Kirkus Reviews,starred review "This is a striking, thoughtfully created book with intriguing facts made more memorable through dynamic art."Booklist,starred review Actual Size A 2005 Orbis Pictus Honor Book A Book Sense Top Ten Pick A Child Magazine Best Book of the Year Bulletin Blue Ribbon Winner Booklist Editors Choices Booklinks Lasting Connection IBBY Honor List NYPL, 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing Colorado Childrens Book Award "Kids will literally be all over the book." The Bulletin,starred review "Mixing deceptive simplicity with absolute clarity, this beautiful book is an enticing way to introduce children to the glorious diversity of our natural world, or to illustrate to budding scientists the importance of comparison, measurement, observation, and record keeping. A thoroughly engaging read-aloud and a must-have for any collection." School Library Journal "A new exploration of the biological world, from one of the current masters of collage." Kirkus Reviews
* “The author of Little Dog Lost has another winner here. . . . This wonderful book is filled with pictures, drawings, and notes. . . . Carnesis sweet illustrations perfectly capture the joys of friendship, the frustration at being left behind, and the satisfaction in making something for a friend. The spare text is an excellent complement to the lively illustrations, and the addition of speech balloons for Beatrices big emotions really lets her perky personality shine. Sure to be a hit.”
“Little readers will squeal with delight. . . . Beatrices naïveté will evoke chuckles. . . . Very funny pictures. . . . [The illustrations] skillfully convey both the many anthropomorphic touches, such as Beatrices carrot-decorated blanket, and a subtle range of emotions on the best friends faces. Winningly sweet.”
“Carnesi is one of those authors who make storytelling appear effortless and intuitive while conveying a wealth of empathy, personality, and humor. There isnt a wasted word in her text, and the watercolors brim with good will and just a touch of silliness. Her take on maintaining connection in the face of separation feels both timeless and very much of the moment.”
“Appealing ink, watercolor, and colored-pencil illustrations draw readers in with their energy and emotion . . . strong pacing. The succinct text and illustrations work seamlessly together to tell the story with humor and feeling, using page turns to heighten drama. . . . Spirited look at friendship through the seasons.”
“A heartwarming book of friendship. . . . The beautifully expressive illustrations make this a wonderful addition to any picture book collection.”
A warm, inviting bedtime book from a Caldecott winning illustrator.
Bear sniffed once.
She sniffed twice.
"I smell winter in the air," said Bear. "It is time to crawl into my cave and sleep. But first I must tell Snail."
Denise Fleming presents a warm-hearted story about animals of the forest settling down for their winter nap. But, like children who must go to bed for the night, they each find a way to put it off just a little bit longer. Richly illustrated in fall colors, Denise Fleming's story book world is right on target for preschoolers.
Like children who must go to bed for the night, the forest animals each find a way to put off bedtime just a little bit longer. Full color.
The basilisk falls asleep balanced on a thin branch that hangs ocer the water.
To stay safe from predators, the flamingo sleeps standing in shallow water.
The white stork sleeps in flight!
Time to Sleep is one of three in a picture book series for very young children by Caldecott-Honor winning duo Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. Jenkins' masterful and vibrantly colored cut-and-torn paper illustrations paired with a fun, lovely text, Time to Sleep showcases the most interesting ways animals go to sleep.
About the Author
has written and illustrated many childrens books, including In the Tall, Tall Grass
, Shout! Shout It Out
!, and Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy
. She won a Caldecott Honor for In the Small, Small Pond
. Denise published her first painting in the third grade, when she started taking classes at the Toledo Museum of Art and one of her paintings was chosen to be the cover of a teachers magazine. She now works primarily with paper, by pouring colored paper pulp through hand-cut stencils. She lives in Toledo, Ohio.