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Spring Awakening

Shh! Bears Sleeping, by David Martin, illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher; Viking, $16.99, 32 pages, ages 1-4.

Here’s another charming picture-book about springtime and bears. Veteran author David Martin’s gentle rhymes explain the seasonal sleeping habits of bears, while Johnson and Fancher’s oil-paintings of a mama bear and her cubs are at once cozy and realistic, and author’s notes give further detail on these magnificent creatures.

 Nicole Basbanes Claire reviews two books that celebrate the great outdoors.

Happy Fourth of July!

Bambi, A Life in the Woods, by Felix Salten, illustrated by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson; Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $29.99 192 pages, ages 10 and up.

Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, by David A. Adler; Holiday House, $18.95, 144 pages, ages 10 and up.

Nature Calling! Bambi A Life In the Woods and Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, 6-29-2014.m4v