Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

Published by Simon & Schuster Children's (ISBN 978-1416904885)

A hibernating bear is joined by a series of animals sheltering from a snow storm.  A mouse lights a fire and is then joined by a hare who makes tea and pops some corn. A badger then joins them with enough honey nuts to share.  The animals are then joined by a gopher, a mole a wren and a raven and then the party really gets going!  Meanwhile the bear snores on.  Unfortunately, mouse seasons a stew with too much pepper and this makes the bear sneeze and wake up. The bear really does wake up with a sore head but he is only upset because he was missing the party with his friends. The friends then have a wonderful time sharing their food until they all fall asleep except that is for the bear.

Karma Wilson's charming story is written in rhyming couplets and it has a rhythm that is easily remembered.  This makes it fun to read repeatedly so that children can join in and put in actions.  This could easily be used in KS 1 to explore rhyme.  The illustrations by Jane Chapman beautifully express the joy of these friends enjoying a party out of the cold.