Bear Snores On, Karma Wilson
Illustrated by Jane Chapman
Suggested age: 2+ years (but my 15 mth old loves it)
a winner of several awards this is one cosy little read. the girlchild really enjoys this one, and i do too. i prefer text that contains a solid rhyme and rhythm. this one's got it.
In a cave in the woods,
in his deep, dark lair,
through the long, cold winter
sleeps a great brown bear.
a bear sleeps and sleeps, supposedly hibernating, and various creatures sneak in. they brew tea and pop corn and generally partake in merriment. the bear wakes up! but all is well and they enjoy themselves together.
nothing scary or weird, just a bunch of critters having fun.
i found some of the text a little awkward at first, but it soon grew on me.
An itty-bitty mouse,
creep-crawls in the cave
from the fluff cold snow.
I haven't read any others by Karma Wilson, but on the strength of this one I've ordered a couple more.
edit: since this draft i have read more of Wilson. also, the girl-child still enjoys this one.