Hibernation

Happy Hibernations!

Slow, sleepy winter days find many animals curled up in their dens. They sleep warmly through winter, awakening in spring ready to enjoy the renewed Earth. This unusual, deep sleep is called hibernation.

What Is Hibernation?

True hibernation is a very deep sleep. The animal's body temperature drops, its breathing slows, and it is very difficult to awaken. But some animals, such as most bears, do not really hibernate.

Over and Under the Snow

By Kate Messner

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Over the snow the world is hushed and white, but under the snow is a secret world of squirrels and snowshoe hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many others who live outside in the woods during the winter.
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The Bear Books by Karma Wilson

Our family - with kids ages 3, 6, 9, and 11 - all love the "Bear books" written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jane Chapman. The first one, Bear Snores On, is the story of Bear, slumbering at the end of winter, and his woodland friends gathering in anticipation of his awakening. The artwork is wonderful and the text is lyrical, with wonderful repetition that the kids pick up on right away.

There are six Bear books currently. Here are the additional five titles, with lots of copies available for checking out at the library:

Bear Wants More

Bear Stays Up for Christmas

Bear's New Friend

Bear Feels Sick

Bear Feels Scared

For more fun, visit Karma Wilson's Web site. In the teacher's section, she has ideas for activities and things to print out.

Bear Snores On

By Karma Wilson

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The animals party while Bear sleeps, but then he wakes up!

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Time to Sleep

By Denise Fleming

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All the animals, from bear to ladybug, are settling down for a long winter's nap. JE Fic Fle

Suggested for ages 2 - 5

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