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Book Review: Rainy Days and Random Naps by Mawson Bear

Mawson Bear encourages us by saying, “Let yourself relax a while and even longer!”

An image of Mawson Bear shows a soft white teddy bear wearing glasses. He holds a pen in his little paw and writes.

Dreamy Days and Random Naps by Mawson Bear gave me a great deal of comfort during a long and sleepless night in the hospital.

My name is Rebecca, and I am a visually impaired author who loves books. At the end of January, I was unexpectedly admitted to Will’s Eye Hospital in Philadelphia for emergency surgery on my right eye due to an infection and an exposed tube shunt. I’ve had many eye surgeries in my lifetime (over a dozen), but hospitals can be very uncomfortable. Even for the bravest among us, it can be sad and stressful to spend the night in a hospital far from home.

When I was admitted, this was one of the many books that were saved on my iPad. I spent a long time to flipping through the pages and to letting the adorable photos of Mawson sink into my subconscious. Dreamy Days and Random Naps is a unique gem of a book. I would describe it as an “artistic picture book for all ages.” Both adults and children can enjoy Mawson Bear. The story is a combination of cute vignettes about Mawson and his friends. Each tale is illuminated by sweet photographs of the little stuffed bears. I enlarged the photos on my iPad so I could get a better look, and every picture had fun details that added to the overall narrative.

Dreamy Days and Random Naps gave me a great deal of comfort. I wanted to escape into a book, but I was unable to concentrate on any heavy reading. Even after I was released, memories of this sweet little book helped to lift my heart.

Mawson Bear shared a message with me that I really needed to hear: He reminded me that it is okay to slow down, relax, and that naps are a good thing. I am a very active person, and taking the time my body needs to recover has been incredibly frustrating. I’ve been taking more than my fair share of naps. Normally, I would feel guilty about spending so much time sleeping– but Mawson helped remind me that naps can be a blessing. Sometimes it is good to just sit and relax. Life doesn’t need to be constant work– instead, we can all benefit from a few more dreamy days and random naps.

If you are a fan of A.A. Milne, enjoy books of photography, or have a person in your life who collects teddy bears, you will be sure to enjoy Mawson Bear. This is third book in the Mawson Bear series, and I highly recommend them all.

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Image description: A fluffy white teddy bear holds the three books in the Mawson Bear series.

A quick note to my readers who may have a visual impairment or use screen reading software:

If you are one of my readers who is also visually impaired or has a print disability, you may not enjoy this book as much as I did. I was able to enlarge the images on my iPad, but the photos do not include image descriptions; however, the text is very large. I also feel the need to point out that the font used appears to be comic sans, so I’m not sure if screen reading software would be able to interpret it.

Logo is a small green owl that says Rev. Rebecca Writes
Logo shows a green owl with glasses holding a pen

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