Bear Stays Up for Christmas

Bear Stays Up for Christmas

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by Karma Wilson, Jane Chapman
     
 

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"The day before Christmas,

snuggled on his floor,

Bear sleeps soundly

with a great big snore...."

Bear's friends are determined to keep Bear awake for Christmas! So they wake Bear up and have him help them find a Christmas tree, bake cakes, hang up stockings, and sing Christmas songs. Bear stays up -- by discovering that giving is one of

Overview

"The day before Christmas,

snuggled on his floor,

Bear sleeps soundly

with a great big snore...."

Bear's friends are determined to keep Bear awake for Christmas! So they wake Bear up and have him help them find a Christmas tree, bake cakes, hang up stockings, and sing Christmas songs. Bear stays up -- by discovering that giving is one of the best Christmas presents!

How a SURPRISE visit from someone very special gives Bear and his friends a Christmas to remember makes an enchanting holiday story for young readers. With Karma Wilson's memorable text and Jane Chapman's glowing illustrations, Bear Stays Up for Christmas is a book to cherish throughout the year.

Editorial Reviews

Sandra Dutton
Jane Chapman's illustrations show animals that are startlingly realistic. Bear has dark whiskers and long, curved claws that are always at rest in his huge, furry paws. Badger's face, with its masklike brown-and-white pattern, is beautifully delineated; and Raven, dark and brooding, has a thoughtful, engaged expression. Bear's pals Wren, Gopher, Mole and Hare also appear in all three books.
— The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
Bear's thoughtful buddies rouse him from his deep hibernation nap just in time for Christmas Eve. With creative planning, the animals get their ursine friend into the holiday spirit-and the Yuletide preparations. And by the time Santa makes his appearance, guess who's tuckered out? (Not a certain Bear.) This duo's latest Bear book sustains the sweetness and humor of its predecessors (Bear Snores On; Bear Wants More) via rhyming, read-aloud-ready text and soft acrylic scenes of the cuddly creatures and wintry landscapes. Ages 3-7. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal

Kids will ask for this book again and again.

Children's Literature
Bear normally hibernates in the winter, so he misses Christmas. His forest friends want to share the holiday with him, so Mouse shouts in his ear to awaken him and the animals agree to keep Bear busy so he will stay awake. Bear carries the Christmas tree back to his lair and the other animals decorate it. The animals are anthropomorphic enough to stand on their hind legs to stir popcorn and string it for the tree, but their surroundings are the snowy forest. Most of the text rhymes, which even forces a grammatical error: "He plods very slow/as they trudge through the snow." Will Bear stay awake to greet Christmas? And what is the perfect gift for a sleepy Bear? Bear has appeared in at least two other books—Bear Snores On and Bear Wants More; children who loved the first two in the series will undoubtedly enjoy this addition. 2004, Margaret K. McElderry/Simon & Schuster, Ages 3 to 7.
—Dr. Judy Rowen
Kirkus Reviews
In this third story about Bear and his friends, Bear struggles to stay awake during the group's holiday preparations. On Christmas Eve, all the other animals fall asleep, but Bear stays up all night making presents for the others. He's so busy with his work that he misses the appearance of Santa, who pauses at the cave door to fill all their stockings. On Christmas morning, the smaller animals enjoy their own gifts and then surprise Bear with a comfy quilt for his long-awaited winter slumber. The rollicking rhyming text is punctuated with the regular refrain of "but the bear stays up," which will surely be chanted gleefully by children listening to this story. The illustrations do a fine job with animal expressions and with difficult situations such as a mole popping corn and a Raven stirring up some fruitcake. The oversized format includes many double-page spreads with the bumbling, big-hearted bear in action and then finally settling down for a long winter's nap, after which Bear had better be back. (Picture book. 3-7)
From the Publisher
School Library Journal, starred review Kids will ask for this book again and again.
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Bear normally hibernates in the winter, so he misses Christmas. His forest friends want to share the holiday with him, so Mouse shouts in his ear to awaken him and the animals agree to keep Bear busy so he will stay awake. Bear carries the Christmas tree back to his lair and the other animals decorate it. The animals are anthropomorphic enough to stand on their hind legs to stir popcorn and string it for the tree, but their surroundings are the snowy forest. Most of the text rhymes, which even forces a grammatical error: "He plods very slow/as they trudge through the snow." Will Bear stay awake to greet Christmas? And what is the perfect gift for a sleepy Bear? Bear has appeared in other books—Bear Snores On and Bear Wants More. Now younger children can enjoy the story which has been reissued in board book format. Children who love the story will undoubtedly want the others. Reviewer: Dr. Judy Rowen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599614885
Publisher:
ABDO Publishing Company
Publication date:
01/28/2009
Series:
Bear by Karma Wilson Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Karma Wilson is the bestselling author of several picture books for Simon & Schuster, including the Bear series and Where Is Home, Little Pip? Karma lives in Montana.

Jane Chapman is the illustrator of over one hundred books for children, including Dilly Duckling by Claire Freedman and I Love My Mama by Peter Kavanagh, as well as Karma Wilson’s Bear Snores On, Bear Wants More, Bear Stays Up for Christmas, and Mortimer’s Christmas Manger. She lives with her family in Dorset, England. Visit Jane at ChapmanandWarnes.com.

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Bear Stays up for Christmas 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book Bear Stays Up For Christmas is another well written and wonderful children's book for any age! It teaches the meaning of sharing and caring. I would recommend this book for all young children!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my grandson for Christmas and he seemed to really enjoy it. I enjoyed it as well!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
my 2.5 year old daughter loves this book. We read it many times during the holidays. It's very cute.
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Karma Wilson's "Bear" books early on in my years as a children's librarian.  They are a joy to read out loud, either to an audience of one or thirty.  The rhythm, meter and word choice is always perfect.  And there is always a "heart-tug" moment.  Karma Wilson paints with her words:  every one is needed, not one is wasted.  In this book, Bear takes time away from his hibernation to give his friends a special surprise at Christmas.  He succeeds, but he, also, is surprised. Jane Chapman's beautiful illustrations give even more life to Bear and his woodland friends.  I don't know how she does it, but she manages a realism that is not frightening and a sweetness that is not twee or precious.  Her animals are instantly recognizable for what they are, with expressions that completely match the actions and words that Karma Wilson gives them.  Her artwork is also instantly recognizable as her own. So far, we have four "Bear" books in our house.  We won't be stopping there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a treat, to run across one of my kids' favorite characters in a Christmas book! All of these bear stories have a sweet quality, and celebrate friendship. They're also fun to read and have darling illustrations.
BBarnes More than 1 year ago
I purchased this accidentally thinking it was a "read to me".. but the story is sweet story and the illustrations are very cute
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter brought this home from the school library and we loved the story! We now have bought it since than. I really recommend this book!
Betsy21 More than 1 year ago
I love this story. It is very cute and I would recommend it to anyone, young or old. My own future children will have the privilege of hearing this story. I love the pictures. They give you a good image as to what is happening. Very good book.
PersonallySpeaking More than 1 year ago
This is a heartwarming story that young children will love. Heck I loved it as an adult. This is a gift, so the child I bought it for hasn't read it yet , but I know she's going to love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the 4th Bear book I have bought for my granddaughter and we both love them! The illustrations are wonderful and the story has a good message about friendship and how to treat others.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My almost 2yo loves this book. We have Bear Snores On, which motivated this purchase. It's very cute and written much in the same way. My son loves finding the one page that contains Santa. He wanted to read it so much in the couple wks before Christmas that he could fill in blanks I left while reading. Highly recommend!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute story, but not worth 12.99. My 3 year old didn't seem too interested in it and the print is pretty tiny.
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I love all of Karma Wilson's books! Jane Chapman is also a great illustrator! The books are colorful, engaging & a great read-aloud book for young children!
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lprill More than 1 year ago
All of Karma Wilson's Books are excellent!