Episode 107: Little Fur Family

“Little Fur Family”, written by Margaret Wise Brown ( and illustrated by Garth Williams was published in 1946. It follows a little fur child throughout the day and all the sights and sounds he encounters. This is Brown & Williams’ first collaboration. The original book had rabbit fur wrapped all around. But most covers of the books after that only had a patch of fur on the child’s body for the reader to pat.

Garth Williams (1912-1996) was an American artist who is best known for his illustrations of children’s books. He believed books given or read to children can have a profound influence, therefore he used his illustrations to “awaken something of importance… humor, responsibility, respect of others, interest in the world at large”. [New York Times]

I think you’ll like Little Fur Family and the illustrations of Garth Williams as I read it to you.

Please click “HERE” to hear me read Little Fur Family.

Hope and Beep read “Can’t You Sleep Little Bear?”

“Can’t You Sleep Little Bear?” is written by Martin Waddell (1941- ) and illustrated by Barbara Firth. It’s a story about a little bear who cannot sleep because of the surrounding darkness. Big Bear helps alleviate Little Bear’s fears through various tactics until finally, Big Bear shows Little Bear a sight that brings solace to the little one. Then, the little bear falls asleep.

The story was published in 1988 by Harper & Row, New York and won the NestlĂ© Smarties Book Prize. Martin Waddell, an Irish writer, has written over 100 children’s books, and has won the acclaimed Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2004. He has also written under the pseudonym of Catherine Sefton.

The illustrator, Barbara Firth (1928-2013), a native a Cheshire, UK, illustrated the Little Bear series by Waddell and in 1988 was awarded the Library Association’s CILIP Award for her work in “Can’t You Sleep Little Bear?”.

This story,”Can’t You Sleep Little Bear?“, was Son 1’s favorite bedtime stories. Many a times, he and Beep (his teddybear) would cuddle up together to be read to and this was the preferred story for many years. I hope you enjoy it too. Beep has joined me for this reading and together, with love, we offer this story (and a little commentary). *CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO of Teddy Bear Tuck-In Time episode 103*

If you like this story, you can click on THIS LINK to purchase your copy of the story, “Can’t You Sleep Little Bear?”. (I will get a wee portion of the sale after which I donate to charity, buy crayons and give a wee treat to my insatiable sweet tooth)