Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sleepy Bear Reads More About Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree

Hi Book Buddies,

The Tree Is Too Tall


Uh Oh! Mr. Willowby’s tree is too tall! I remember that happened to Kathleen one time.







CHOP! Goes the top of the tree. Kathleen said she chopped her tree shorter from the bottom. I wonder why Mr. Willowby did not do that?






But this is a super good idea! Many trees out of one. I wonder how many more trees will get chopped shorter.





I hope you check back later and we can finish the story together.

Your Book Buddy,

Sleepy Bear

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Sleepy Bear Reads a Christmas Story


Hi Book Buddies,

I’m reading one of my most favoritist Christmas stories of all time.

Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry. Kathleen, my reading and writing teacher, told me this was her most favoritist Christmas book when she was a little girl.





Kathleen said her dad used to read this story to her. I wonder if they drank hot cocoa with goo gobs of whippy cream!

And the Story Begins


The story begins with Mr. Willowby’s tree arriving by special delivery. That means a special truck is used to deliver  only his tree.




We have our tree, but Kathleen’s husband, Troy, had to deliver it all by himself.



Mr. Willowby has delivery men to carry his tree into the house. It is a big tree!

I know this story by memory because I have read it so many times. But I still like to read it every year.




Do you have a favorite holiday story? If you do, will you write to me and tell me the name?

Check back tomorrow and I will tell you what happens next to Mr. Willowby’s Christmas tree.

Your Book Buddy,

Sleepy Bear

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sleepy Bear Reads More Dinotrain

Hi Book Buddies,

I have been sick. My nose is stuffied up and I have a cough. This is no fun! Good thing I have my books to keep me company.

Day 2 #1


I’m back to find out more about the dinotrain dinosaurs.They have to help the train up a hill.




Day 2 #2


They make it up the hill but then something very scary happens! The train goes down the other side of the hill – SUPER FAST!!



Day 2 #3


Uh Oh! Looks like the dinosaurs are going swimming. There was a big “KERSPLASH”!




I won’t tell you how this story ends. I hope you can read this book at home, too. But, if you really want to know, write to me and I will write back to you on my blog.

Time for me to take a nap. I hope you join me next week when I start another new book.

Your Book Buddy,

Sleepy Bear

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sleepy Bear Reads All Aboard the Dinotrain!

Hi Book Buddies,

This week I’m reading, All Aboard the Dinotrain, by Deb Lund and illustrated by Howard Fine. I



I chose this book because Moosey-Moose told me about his visit to the dinosaur exhibit in Washington, DC. I also chose this book because I like trains.




I bet you are wondering where my other Reading Buddy is? Well, Tsavo is not feeling well. She wants to sleep. That means I get to drink my hot cocoa with goo-gobs of whippy cream! Chocolate is very dangerous for doggies to eat so I have to keep my hot cocoa away from her. Kathleen also made a scone for me to nibble on. YUM!!!




Deb Lund autographed her book for me. Thank you, Deb! Kathleen and I follow our dinodreams every day! One day, Kathleen hopes to have one of her books published, too.





Page 1


I like the way the author made the words rhyme. That is not easy to do and make it sound good, too. Hey, I think I made a rhyme!



These dinosaurs look friendly. The ones Moosey-Moose saw looked ferocious! I will have to share this book with Moosey-Moose when he gets home.




WOW! This is super exciting! The dinosaurs are working extra hard. They have to keep the fire burning to make steam to make the train go.







The dinotrain is ready to leave! I wonder what kind of adventure they will have? I have to remember to tell Moosey-Moose about this book. He likes to go on adventures, too.




I hope you are enjoying this book as much as I am. Maybe Tsavo will feel better on Friday when I finish reading what happens to the dinotrain. Write to me on my blog to tell me your favorite parts.

Your Book Buddy,

Sleepy Bear

Friday, November 11, 2011

Sleepy Bear Reads More Don’t Lick the Dog

HI Book Buddies,

Tsavo and I are back to read more, Don’t Lick the Dog, by Wendy Wahman.


Page #6

Today we we learn how to tell a doggy that we have had enough puppy kisses. Sometimes Tsavo likes to give me lots and lots of puppy kisses. I know she is trying to tell me how much she loves me. But sometimes, too many is sloppy.


Then my fur gets sticky and then Kathleen has to help me comb out the knots.


Page #7

Something else digs like to do is jump up to greet you. The doggy is just being friendly but if you are small like me, the doggy might knock you down. That is not safe. Be sure to turn your back to the doggy so he knows he needs to be on his best behavior to greet you.


If a doggy starts to grumble, it means they have had enough hugging and playing from their person. That is when it is a good idea to leave the doggy alone. Right, Tsavo? I know she agrees.

Page #8

Well, we are at the end of the book. The main idea I learned is that you need to have good manners and be patient and polite when meeting doggies for the first time. Right, Tsavo?



Be sure to ask permission first from the doggies owner before getting close to greet the doggy.

I hope you enjoyed this picture book as much as Tsavo and I did. Wendy did a super job choosing descriptive words and especially painting the bright pictures.

Check back on Monday when I start to read a new book. I’ll give you a clue. It is a book about dinosaurs! Oh, I wonder what Moosey-Moose is up to in Washington, DC.? I’m going to read his blog to find out.

Your Book Buddies,

Sleepy Bear and Tsavo

Monday, November 7, 2011

Sleepy Bear Reads Don’t Lick the Dog to Tsavo

Hi Book Buddies,

I’m back, just like I promised. Tsavo finished her nap and she told me she is ready to listen to me read a story to her.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         Tsavo says this looks like the dog park. Dogs everywhere. Sometimes she goes to Green Lake to walk. There are lots of dogs there, too.





Page #2

Tsavo is a very friendly puppy. She likes to jump and play with EVERYONE! But, not every doggy wants to play. Sometimes they want to protect their owner. Like the story says, ask permission first before you get too close to a new doggy.




Be sure to curl your fingers under when you greet a new doggy. Let the doggy sniff you first. Then the doggy will know if you are friendly.




Page #4

It is very important to pet the new doggy on his chin or chest and not the top of his head. See, like I’m doing to Tsavo. Sshhh … I think she’s getting sleepy again.




Page #5

Uh oh! She’s awake again. She must smell the treats I have for her. Before I feed her a treat I make sure my paw is open all the way to make a plate, like it says in the book. Tsavo knows to wait until I tell her it is okay to take her treat.


Tsavo is a really good puppy. She has been trained  A LOT. But not all doggies get to have private training lessons. Remember these rules and you will be safe around new doggies.

I hope you like the story so far. My favorite parts are the rhyming parts. Oh, and I really like the bright pictures. What is your favorite part?

Come back later this week when Tsavo and I finish reading, Don’t Lick the Dog. If you want to know more about the author, you can ask an adult to go to her website address:

Your Book Buddy,

Sleepy Bear

Sleepy Bear Reads Don’t Lick the Dog by Wendy Wahman

Hi Book Buddies,

I’m reading a new book this week.

Cover Page with Tsavo - November 2011

It is called, Don’t Lick the Dog, Making Friends with Dogs. The author is Wendy Wahman. Wendy also made the illustrations. That’s a big word! It means Wendy also painted the pictures.


 Autographed Page

My reading and writing teacher, Kathleen, knows Wendy. Kathleen told Wendy I wanted to read her book. Guess what Wendy did? She autographed her book for me! Thank you, Wendy!


I want to read this book to Tsavo but she is taking a nap. Tsavo might not like it if I woke her up. I know I would not be happy if someone woke me up from one of my naps. I will try again a little bit later today. Maybe you can get a copy of Don’t Lick the Dog, too, and then you can read with Tsavo and me.

See you back here real soon!

Sleepy Bear

Monday, October 31, 2011

Sleepy Bear Reads a Favorite Halloween Book

Hi Book Buddies,

Moosey-Moose is still on his adventure. He got stuck in a snow storm. Do you know where he is? I’ll give you another hint. Our president lives in the city that Moosey-Moose visited.

Since Moosey-Moose is not home yet, I’m reading a favorite Halloween book. It’s not scary at all!


Room On the Broom - #1


It is called, Room On the Broom, by Julia Donaldson. Axel Scheffler drew the pictures.





Room On the Broom - #2

One reason this is my favorite book is because it rhymes! That makes it fun to read.




Room On the Broom - #3

Another reason I like this book is because it is funny! The witch invites friends to join her on her broom.




Room On the Broom - #4

Uh Oh! the witch and her friends are flying in a rain storm. All her friends get wet, too. At least the witch has a cape and a hat.



I won’t tell you the ending but it is funny! Ask an adult to take you to a bookstore or the library so you can read it, too. Then write back to me and tell me your favorite parts.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Your Book Buddy,

Sleepy Bear

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sleepy Bear Reads Another Story for Halloween

Hi Book Buddies,

I’m reading another story from Tales of Mystery and Magic.

Tales of Mystery and Magic - Intro

I told Kathleen I didn’t want to read at night because I was too scaredy. She said, “Okay.” So I waited until today.


Story #2 - Page 1

I didn’t know I would get so lucky and have a super sunny day!





The story I am reading is called, “The Blackbird and His Wife”. This story is from India. 

I like this one because it has a lot of sound words like RAT-TAT-TAT, and THUMP, THUMP, THUMP. Words like that are called onomatopoeia words. That is a tricky word to spell.



Story #2 - Page 2


The story is about a lady blackbird and she is captured by a king. The blackbird’s husband wants to save her.




So, the husband blackbird gets ready to go to battle with the king. Along the way the husband blackbird gathers some helpers.


Story #2 - Page 3

The husband blackbird is also captured by the king. On the final day the husband blackbird calls to the river.




The river comes to the king’s house and causes a flood. The king is cold and shivers. Finally, the king lets both of blackbirds free!

Whew! This was not a scary story at all! Lucky me.

I hope you get to read this story at home. If you want to, ask an adult to help you go to the Barefoot Books website. Here is the link:

Have a happy and a safe Halloween!

Your Book Buddy,

Sleepy Bear

Monday, October 24, 2011

Sleepy Bear Reads Another Scary Story– In Daylight!

Hi Book Buddies,

Remember last week when Moosey-Moose and I read a scary story for Halloween? And remember how scaredy I got? Well, this time I’m going to read a scary story in the morning. When there is daylight. Also, I might have to read at home alone because Moosey-Moose is busy packing for his next adventure. I don’t know where he is going. But I do know he needs to take an airplane ride.

Check back tomorrow for my next scary story!

Your Book Buddy,

Sleepy Bear

Monday, October 17, 2011

“The Strange Visitor” –Sleepy Bear’s Halloween Story

Hi Book Buddies,

Just like I promised, I’m back with my hot cocoa with goo-gobs of whippy cream and more candy corns on top. Oh, and my cookie!

My best friend, Moosey-Moose is joining me tonight.

Moosey-Moose and Sleepy Bear Begin the Story

The story begins with an old lady sitting by herself at home. She is sewing and she wants company.




Moosey-Moose and Sleepy Bear - the story gets creepy

Little by little, a person comes through her door. First his legs and feet.




I like the pattern in this story. It is easy to make predictions about what the puppet man will say next.


Moosey-Moose and Sleepy Bear - the story gets and creepier

Then his body and arms came through the door. Then his head.

I was scared so Moosey-Moose sat next to me.



And guess what the creepy puppet man said next?

Well, I won’t tell you. Maybe you will want to read the book at home. If you do, I hope you write to me and tell me what the creepy man said to the old lady.

Moosey-Moose, did you like this story?

This is a super creepy story! It was like taking an adventure, inside of a book! And you know I like adventures. Maybe I can join you for your next Halloween story.

Of course you can, Moosey-Moose. I like having you read with me, especially when the story is scary.

I really like your hot cocoa with goo-gobs of whippy cream! The cookie was yummy, too.

Book Buddies, I hope you liked this story.

Your Book Buddy,

Sleepy Bear

Sleepy Bear’s Book for Halloween!

Hi Book Buddies,

I have a new book to read for Halloween! It is called Tales of Mystery and Magic. This book has seven different stories from seven different countries. The first one I am going to read is called, “The Strange Visitor” and it is from Scotland.

Tales of Mystery and Magic - Intro


I chose this one because my best friend, Moosey-Moose, went to Scotland. I hope he likes it.



I am all ready with my special Halloween mug. Kathleen filled it with hot cocoa and goo-gobs of whippy cream. She also put candy corn candies on top! YUM! And, I have my Halloween cookie to munch on while I read in front of the fireplace. I hope you join me!

Oh, if you want to get a copy of the book to read at home, ask an adult to help you go to the Barefoot Books website. Here is the link:

Check back later and read with me.

Your Book Buddy,

Sleepy Bear

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Sleepy Bear Reads the Last Pages of Paolo’s Adventures

Hi Book Buddies,

I just finished reading Paolo’s Adventures.

Wow! Poor Paolo. He really did have an adventure. First, he was born without any humans to take care of him. Then he had trouble breathing and he couldn’t run and play. Then he was rescued but taken to a scary place for surgery. But then he met a new friend named Teddy.

Thank goodness for Teddy to help Paolo be less afraid with all the doctors in a strange place.

Paolo Gets Well

Yippy! Paolo get’s his cast taken off! And the best part is now Paolo can run and play without getting tired.




The doctors did a great job fixing his ribs. Now Paolo’s lungs have room to move in and out. That’s what helps Paolo breathe.

Paolo didn’t have to go back to living on his own.



Paolo Finds His Forever Home

He was adopted. That means a people family took him home to live with them. Paolo’s brother and sisters were living with other nice people, too.





I really liked reading about Paolo and his adventure. I hope maybe one day I can meet Paolo in person! But for now, I have his book to read and re-read!





Thanks again to Carolyn Banguero for giving Kathleen this book so I can share it with all my Book Buddies.

My next book is going to be one about mystery and magic because Halloween is only a few weeks away. I hope you join me!

Your Book Buddy,

Sleepy Bear

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Sleepy Bear Reads More about Paolo’s Adventures

Hi Book Buddies,

I am so glad it’s cloudy outside and rainy. Days like this are perfect for staying indoors with a good friend, like a book! Today, my friend is Paolo’s Adventures.

Paolo is the kitty that was rescued because he needed surgery. It’s a little bit sad because he had to leave his brother and sisters. And scary for Paolo, too, because he didn’t know about people at first.



Paolo Learns About PeopleI like the way Paolo describes people for the first time. He said they have fur only on the tops of their heads! That’s funny!




Paolo And Fake Mice

I also live with cats. Three of them! They like to play with fake mice just like Paolo on page 11. Oh, and I live with one dog named Tsavo. Some of you have met her before.



Tsavo like to play with the fake mice before the cats get to them. I’m very happy we don’t have REAL mice!

This is Tsavo. Sometimes she likes to read with me.



Paolo Moves Around - a Lot!

Poor Paolo. He got moved around a lot. I think he was in a truck but he didn’t know that. Look at page 12. Do you think he is inside of a truck?




OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         On page 18 Paolo’s friend, Teddy, tells Paolo about the white coat he has to wear. One of the cats I live with, Angelo, had to wear a cast on his leg. He broke two bones. He was not very happy that summer. Tsavo is feeling sorry for Paolo. I will try to cheer her up.




I hope you like reading Paolo’s Adventures with me. Remember, if you want to get your own copy of this book, tell an adult to go to the author’s website. Here is the link:

Check back later and we can finish the book together.

Your Book Buddy,

Sleepy Bear

Monday, October 3, 2011

Sleepy Bear Reads A New Book!


HI Book Buddies,

My reading and writing teacher, Kathleen, went to the Northwest Bookfest over the weekend. She met a whole bunch of authors who write children’s books.

I had a cold so I had to stay home. But, Kathleen brought home some books for me to read and share with my Book Buddies!

The first one I want to share with you is about a kitty named Paolo.


Book Cover

The name of the book is Paolo’s Adventures by Carolyn Banguero and illustrated by Betsy Schairer.




Paolo is a kitten that was born with injured ribs and that made it hard for him to breathe. This book tells the story about his adventure to get healthy!



Autographed Page to Sleep Bear!

Ms. Banguero autographed her book for me! I feel super special. She wrote, “Happy Reading”. Kathleen says that to her students and me, too.




The Story Begins

I have my hot chocolate with goo-gobs of whippy cream. That means I’m all ready to start reading! I hope you join me.




If you want to get your own copy of this picture book then you first need to ask an adult to help you. Tell them I told you about the book and this is the link to the author’s website:

Check back tomorrow and I’ll tell you about the parts I have read so far.

Your Book Buddy,

Sleepy Bear

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sleepy Bear’s Early Morning Reading

Hi Book Buddies,

I hope you are having a great school week. I’m reading more of my book, THIS IS THE TEACHER, by Rhonda Gowler Greene.

Snakes and Ants

Oh No! All kinds of mayhem is happening in the classroom. Cupcakes are flying through the air.






The janitor came to help but he slipped on cupcakes on the floor and then the ants got mixed in, and the snake, too!





Books Fly

Uh oh! Now books are tumbling off the book shelves. I hope they don’t land on the cupcakes on the floor with the ants and the snake!



I’m looking ahead to my next book to read. Do you have a recommendation?

Your Book Buddy,

Sleepy Bear

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sleepy Bear Reads a Back-to-School Book!

Hi Book Buddies,

Welcome back to school! I hope you had a fun summer.

Today I am reading a picture book about a teacher who thinks she is all ready for school! My reading and writing teacher, Kathleen, read this book to her students when she taught in a classroom. Her students really liked the story and all the funny things that happen to the teacher.

Cover Page

The book is called, THIS IS THE TEACHER, by Rhonda Gowler Greene and illustrated by Mike Lester.





Page 1

“This is the teacher all ready for school.”




I have a prediction. I think the teacher is not going to be ready for school. But I wonder why. Do you know?

Page 2


Uh Oh! The students were very impatient. That means they did not wait quietly before they entered the classroom.




Everything in the classroom went crashing to the floor! I don’t think the teacher was ready for that.

I hope you read along with me. Check back tomorrow and I’ll tell you more about the story and what happens to the teacher.

Have a great day!

Your Book Buddy,

Sleepy Bear