Since Christmas is next week, I would like to share my picture book review that I had published in my local newsapaper, The Pilot December 2011.
■Age Range: 2 – 8 years
■Grade Level: Preschool – 3
■Hardcover: 40 pages
■Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (October 7, 2008)
Bear wants to stay up for Christmas-but since he is a Bear, he hibernates through the winter. And has never had a Christmas.
Bear’s friends decide that this year, they are going to give Bear the perfect gift…They are going to gather around him in his lair this year and keep him awake for Christmas. From foraging through the forest for a Christmas tree to baking cakes to singing Christmas songs, they are determined to keep Bear awake.
However, all of Bear’s friends end up falling asleep themselves. Bear soon realizes the special meaning of Christmas is giving.
He works through the night making gifts for each his friends. And to everyone’s surprise, Santa even stops by.
Karma Wilson’s jolly tale of friendship and the true meaning of Christmas is sure to be a favorite holiday book for young children. This sweet, meaningful story will be one kids ask for over and over again.
Jane Chapman’s gorgeous two-page spread illustrations of cuddly creatures throughout the story appear incredibly realistic. Chapman’s use of warm brown tones inside Bear’s liar against a cold wintery landscape scene creates the perfect winter read-aloud book.
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