On a cold winter night many animals gather to party in the cave of a sleeping bear, who then awakes and protests that he has missed the food and the fun.
"A big bear and a small mouse discover all of the opposites between their animal friends"-- Provided by publisher.
When Bear is too sick to play, his animal friends go to his cave to make him soup and tea and keep him company.
While taking a walk with Mouse, Bear meets many other friends and sees colours everywhere.
"It's time for Bear to hibernate but he can't sleep, so his friends all band together to help"-- Provided by publisher.
When spring comes, Bear wakes up very hungry and is treated to great food by his friends.
Bear thanks his friends for bringing food dishes to his dinner party and finds a way of sharing something of his own.
While all the other animals on the farm enjoy eating their regular food, the cow chooses to eat the one thing that she loves best.
As friends Bear and Mouse share a day together, Bear counts various objects, from one to five, and the reader is invited to do the same.
When Bear discovers he has a loose tooth, his friends try to help make it fall out.
Egged on by a ground squirrel, a dog named Doug digs miles underground--taking a detour through the White House--until he returns home, goes to bed, and dreams of digging some more.
Bear's friends awaken him the day before Christmas and help him to stay awake as they bake fruitcakes, fill stockings, and sing carols; then, while they sleep, he prepares his own surprise.
Bear and his friends persuade a bashful owl to play with them.
Dormouse hibernates and dreams of spring until spring arrives, and along with it comes his dormouse friend.
When his stubborn pigs refuse a sudsy cleaning, a determined farmer learns that mud baths can be just as fun.
After Little Pip the penguin gets lost she meets a whale, a kelp gull, and sled dogs who cannot help her, but with the aid of her family's song, home finds her.
Dinosaurs enjoy many snow activities, from building snowmen and having snowball fights to skiing and skating.
Rhyming text depicts the chaos caused by shouting at the zoo.