So far, for Northeast Indiana, it's the coldest day of the season, so I'm ready for a spring book! Although this book is full circle seasons, it begins with spring and that's good enough for today.
Shh! Bears Sleeping by David Martin, pictures by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher is a rhyming text with wonderous illustrations. With the first page we see a bright, brilliant burst of blue and begin the journey of following the bears through the year.
The artwork for this book was rendered with oil on paper prepared with gesso. The lustrous art draws you into the forest. The colors are true, deep, and vibrant.
I'll use this story with Preschoolers to 2nd graders. But I would keep it in mind to recommend to a parent or teacher for older students too. I'm a strong believer in picture books for all ages, so don't discount this for intermediate or middle school students. Students would learn so much about bears, forests, forest animals, or hibernation from reading this book.