Bear Stays Up for Christmas [NOOK Book]

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 ...
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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.

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.

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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
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-It's the day before Christmas, and Bear's friends have gathered in his lair to wake him up to celebrate the holiday. They get a tree, pop corn and bake fruitcake, and hang stockings and hum songs. The others doze off, but Bear keeps busy wrapping presents, baking cookies, and decorating, unaware that a certain plump, red-suited gentleman is watching from outside the cave. The rhyming text sings, shouts, whispers, and crows, and the appealing acrylic illustrations are dear. This is an exuberant tale of friendship and perseverance, and holiday storytimes will be the brighter for it.-M. A. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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)
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442436756
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 625,191
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • File size: 11 MB
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Meet the Author

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

Jane Chapman has illustrated numerous picture books, including 'Bear Snores On' and the Happy and Honey books by Laura Godwin. She lives with her family in Dorset, England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2006

    This Book Is Absolutely Wonderful !

    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!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2010

    Nice Christmas story for children

    I bought this for my grandson for Christmas and he seemed to really enjoy it. I enjoyed it as well!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

    Love this series

    my 2.5 year old daughter loves this book. We read it many times during the holidays. It's very cute.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2004

    Adorable!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2013

    I fell in love with Karma Wilson's "Bear" books early

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2011

    Cute, but...

    Cute story, but not worth 12.99. My 3 year old didn't seem too interested in it and the print is pretty tiny.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2010

    Great book for young children!

    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!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Absolutely adorable book!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Highly recommended

    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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  • Posted December 11, 2012

    All of Karma Wilson's Books are excellent!

    All of Karma Wilson's Books are excellent!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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