“I don’t like the dark,” said Little Bear. “What dark?” said Big Bear. “The dark all around us,” said Little Bear.
In this tender account of a sleepless night in the bear cave, Big Bear sets out with all his patience and understanding to show Little Bear that the dark is nothing to be afraid of. When all the lanterns in the cave aren’t enough to quell Little Bear’s troubled emotions, Big Bear offers—in a final loving gesture—nothing less than the bright yellow moon and the twinkling stars! More comforting than even the best of lullabies, this bedtime story is destined to become a classic.
The Big Bear and Little Bear books are real favorites at our house! They have been read and re-read so many times, recommended widely and given as gifts. I love that both Big Bear is a dad, a wonderfully loving and patient father. And Little Bear is being his age-typical self: curious, busy, determined, you get the idea. I especially love the slow pace of the text. These books shouldn’t be rushed but savored and Martin Waddell’s wonderful prose facilitates that. Barbara Firth’s warm watercolor illustrations communicate so much about Big Bear’s patience and love for Little Bear and Little Bear’s energy and curiosity. You will want to come back to these books again and again.