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Written by Claudia Rueda

Translated by Elisa Amado

  • 44 Pages
  • 9780888999917
  • 9.29" x 8.85"
  • Reading age from 2 to 5
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Bears
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Bedtime & Dreams


Publication Date August 01, 2010

It's winter and little bear doesn't want to go to sleep. He's sure he won't get cold outside. He doesn't mind how long the winter is, how deep the snow might get or how hard the wind might blow. Until, that is, he finds himself all alone in a snowstorm. After a few panicky moments, he finds his mother again. "Mamma, I'm back," he says. "Winter is very long and you might get lonely."

Claudia Rueda's classic picture-book illustrations, with their simple strong lines and shapes, show a very determined little bear and his mother in an increasingly snowy landscape. Little bear is a character that children everywhere will identify with.

Selected for the CCBC Choices 2011


Claudia Rueda
Claudia Rueda's picture books include My Little Polar Bear (Oppenheim Platinum Award, NYC Society of Illustrators Original Art Show selection), Let's Play in the Forest (National Parenting Publications Award, Colombian IBBY Honor List) and Nacho and Lolita by Pam Munoz Ryan (Child magazine Best Children's Books List, NYC Society of Illustrators Original Art Show selection). Her picture books have been published in Mexico, Spain and the US and translations have been published in Asia and Europe. Claudia has also worked as a political cartoonist and has written educational books for UNICEF. She lives with her family in Bogota, Colombia.

Elisa Amado

Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. She has written Barrilete: A Kite for the Day of the Dead / Un barrilete para el Día de los muertos, Cousins (Primas) and Tricycle (El triciclo), which is on the Américas Award Commended List and is a USBBY Outstanding International Book. She is also the author of Why Are You Doing That?. She lives in Toronto.


Star Review

"Sure to be a crowd pleaser." School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

Star Review

"Getting right to the heart of a child’s inner life, this is a little gem." Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

"A lovely book about a determined little bear and his patient mother that will be popular for storytime or at bedtime, especially in winter." Bayviews

"Rebellious children will recognize themselves with a smile." Publishers Weekly