“My Bear and Me” by Barbara Maitland and pictures by Lisa Flather (published by Magaret K. McElderberry Books in 1999) is a book I have recently discovered. I love the childlike truth of the story as well as how the simple illustrations depict the story. It’s written in large print too, so it is helpful for beginner readers. It’s a short story about a girl and her teddy bear having fun throughout the day (very much like my Elle and I). WATCH ME READ NOW.
Barbara Maitland is a children’s book author best known for her Bookstore Series, a series of books written for early readers. She has many books published for early childhood readers. Lisa Flather is an author and illustrator. She has a book “10 Silly Dogs – a Countdown Book” that she both authored and illustrated.
If you would like to purchase the book “My Bear and Me“, you can click HERE. (by using that link, I get a wee portion of $, which I will use to donate to charity, help purchase a book to read and purchase a crumb of something tasty to satisfy my sweet tooth)
“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 Nestlé 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?”.
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)