Product: While the Bear Sleeps
Category: Winter Thematic Unit (Integrating Literature in the Classroom) - Winter Books for Kids
Student Level: toddler, preschool, kindergarten, elementary
While the Bear Sleeps by Caitlin Matthews, Judith Christine Mills (Illustrator)
An endearing tale of a young girl who finds herself in a bear's den when escaping the cold of a blustery winter day. Through magic, the animal shares his dreams with her as he hibernates. They visit different lands and different times. The bear explains to the young girl how people around the world observe different winter holiday customs and celebrations. The twosome visit Europe, Mexico, and the United States. They share information about Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Candelmas, Solstice, Twelfth Night, and New Year's Day in addition to their own stories within a story.