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Bart Bear teaches valuable lessons

Children's book is Rhododendron author's sixth

Naptime can be tricky for parents of small children.

For parents of small bears, too. Now, Rhododendron author Heather L. Nelson has taken the tale of one stubborn little bear who’s unwilling to close his eyes and turned it into a children’s story called "Bart Bear’s Hibernating Experience."

The book, which is Nelson’s sixth, was published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises at the end of June.

“The story was kind of to encourage kids to mind,” Nelson said. “That was sort of the theme of the book.”

In the tale, willful Bart is reluctant to join his mother in their cave when it’s time for hibernation, and sneaks out to find his bear friends. Instead of fun adventures, he encounters a few problems and perils before reuniting with his mother and settling down for his winter’s sleep.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Bart Bears Hibernating Experience by Heather L. Nelson tells the tale of a stubborn bear who doesnt want to go to sleep.

Nelson, who lives on the edge of the Mt. Hood National Forest, said she has had two real-life bear encounters. However, the inspiration for Bart dates back to when she was living in Pennsylvania and raising her own children.

Next up, she’s publishing another children’s book called "Journey of Sally the Bird." The story is about a little bird that loses its mate and is too sad to fly when it’s time to migrate; she survives the winter alone and is reunited with her flock in the spring.

“It’s to help children deal with the grief of losing a loved one, and also to appreciate what you have.”

The book is due out later this year or in spring 2017.

"Bart Bear's Hibernating Experience" can be purchased at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Bart Bears Hibernating Experience is the sixth book published by Rhododendron author Heather L. Nelson.

Nelson will appear at the Northwest Book Festival on Saturday, July 30; she’ll be in booth 59. She also will attend the Welches Hoodland Library’s Children’s Art's Club from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, and the Sandy Public Library's Preschool Storytime at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11.