Sleepover with Beatrice and Bear by Monica Carnesi is such a lovely book about friends. Bear and Beatrice becomes friends when Beatrice, a bunny, finds Bear sitting on her carrots. He makes it up to her and they are the best of friends. When winter comes, Beatrice doesn't understand hibernation. And when she gets it, she thinks she can hibernate too. Her solution of getting through winter while Bear is sleeping is such a good, dear friend thing to do.
The art was rendered in brush and Winsor and Newton black india ink with Sennelier and Winsor and Newton artist watercolors and Prismacolor pencils on Fabriano Artistico extra white 140 lb. hot pressed paper. I love it when an artist tells exactly what they use for their art. Her artwork has a nice variety of panels, open spreads, vibrant color, background white and shading.
Monica builds the characters in the story so well. Bear is a little, uhm, dense, but when he realizes he has damaged Beatrice's carrots he fixes it. I admire how Beatrice, a little rabbit tries to move the big bear off her carrots. She's no wilting flower. She has made me intrigued by these characters and I hope there are more stories for Bear and Beatrice.
I'll use this with my Preschool Storytime and with students up to third grade. I think it would be so fun to have a discussion with second or third graders about how Beatrice tries to figure out what hibernate means. This could lead to some lively ideas on how to figure out new vocabulary and how to learn about anything new.
Teachers, a guide to use with Sleepover with Beatrice and Bear is here. The guide is by Marcie Colleen.