Horn Book Guide Reviews

A rhyming text tells about a rabbit who becomes restless after agreeing to join a bear in a cave for the winter. Pinkney's realistic watercolors of the bear and rabbit include a final fold-out page and perfectly complement Willard's poetic images of darkness and light, movement and slumber, snow and spring. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Publishers Weekly Reviews

As autumnal leaves fall from the trees a frolicsome rabbit receives a warning about the hardships of winter: `` `It is not wise,' the brown bear said, / `to ask of snow your daily bread.' '' He invites the rabbit to join him in sleep ``till the hills go green and rivers run.'' After a devastating first frost, the rabbit accepts the bruin's hospitality. But as his hulking friend succumbs to a profound slumber, he tosses and turns until he reaches his own conclusions: `` `It is not wise for us, dear bear, / when snow combs silver from her hair-- / and stars are shears and hills are sheep, / it will not do to fall asleep.' '' Willard's ( Pish Posh, Said Hieronymous Bosch ; A Visit to William Blake's Inn ) typically sophisticated language gains meaning through repeated readings, and her sonorous rhyming couplets impart liveliness to nature's sleeping season. Lavishly detailed, full-spread watercolors afford views of untidy woods and tousled fur--they bristle with energy even as they suggest the restlessness youngsters may experience in the deep of night, wide awake and alone. Capping Pinkney's sumptuous display is a foldout on the final spread, where the rabbit, presented on a grand scale, leaps climactically and gloriously. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 1993 Cahners Business Information.