In Kinerk's (Clorinda) rhyming ode to the rewards of giving, it turns out that the bear necessities for a merry Christmas are pretty much the same as human ones. A cub with keen hearing sets out through newly drifted snow to find the faint but joyful noise that has roused him from his seasonal slumber. But his reconnaissance mission is slowed when he stops to aid various animals in distress along the way. Finally locating the sound's source-the home of a snugly gathered family laughing and caroling around a twinkling Christmas tree-bear and company create their own celebration. A tall narrow trim size allows LaMarche room to showcase majestic winter landscapes and a spectrum of soft lamplight, gentle moonglow and shimmering snowflakes. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Bear's First Christmasby Robert Kinerk, Jim LaMarche, Jim Lamarche
In the dark of winter, deep in the woods, a lone bear is awakened from his winter sleep by a soft and mysterious sound. Under the stars the bear finds his way step by step through the snowy forest, making friends along his route. Then the bear discovers a place in the woods that glows magically with something he and his friends could never have imagined … See more details below
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In the dark of winter, deep in the woods, a lone bear is awakened from his winter sleep by a soft and mysterious sound. Under the stars the bear finds his way step by step through the snowy forest, making friends along his route. Then the bear discovers a place in the woods that glows magically with something he and his friends could never have imagined their first Christmas.
Robert Kinerk's inspired story and Jim LaMarche's glimmering illustrations combine in a picture book that captures the joy and spirit of Christmas. Come along with bear and his friends and see the magical light of Bear's First Christmas.
PreS-Gr 2-After finding a cave in which to spend his winter, a bear is awakened by a mysterious sound. Following it, he encounters and helps a crow cawing for food, a moose trying to get some weeds out of the frozen ground, and, finally, a pheasant family whose home has been smashed by snow. The bear takes the animals back to his den, and they all settle down for a winter nap. The rhyming text is overly long and a bit singsongy, but conveys the Christmas spirit of sharing effectively. LaMarche's beautiful artwork, done in acrylic washes and colored pencil, truly captures the essence of the season.-Diane Olivo-Posner, Long Beach Public Library, CACopyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Meet the Author
Robert Kinerk is the author of Clorinda, illustrated by Steven Kellogg, which was an IRA Children's Book Award Notable Book, and about which Booklist said in a starred review, "Much applause for Clorinda."
Mr. Kinerk grew up in Alaska and has worked as a journalist and playwright. He now lives with his wife, Anne, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Jim LaMarche is one of the most talented artists working in children’s books today. His many successful books include Rainbabies by Laura Kraus Melmed and Albert by Donna Jo Napoli, which was selected as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; and Up and Raft, which he also wrote. Most recently he illustrated The Carpenter’s Gift by David Rubel. Jim lives in Santa Cruz, California.
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