From the Publisher
"There is a significant subgenre of Christmas books revolving around a hibernating animal that can't or won't wake up for the festivities. This is a pleasant, if slight, addition to that body of literature. . . The lively, textured illustrations add an element of humor that is not obvious in the text alone."
-- School Library Journal
"Cassidy's illustrations are very colorful and expressive and are as important to the book as Devine's text which is sure to delight readers in this age group with its characters and the sound effects of the animals' trying to wake up Hanna Bear. Hanna Bear's Christmas is truly refreshing with its story celebrating some of the joys of the season, which may be less obvious in our busy world."
-- CM Magazine
"Talented Ontario illustrator Sean Cassidy uses vivid and distinctive watercolours. . . The northern settings and expressive depictions of the animal characters are memorable and distinctive, giving the holiday story an uncluttered richness."
-- Quill and Quire
With Christmas falling smack in the middle of her sleep, what's a holiday-loving bear to do? Hanna Bear knows just the fix and enlists some of her animal pals to wake her in time for the big day. Unfortunately, Devine tale adds little to a frequently mined story line-see the more winsome Bear's First Christmas(reviewed above) and Karma Wilson's Bear Stays Up for Christmas(2004). Also unfortunately, Cassidy's illustrations fail to ignite the tale's bits of humor. Ages 4-7. (Oct.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-There is a significant subgenre of Christmas books revolving around a hibernating animal that can't or won't wake up for the festivities. This is a pleasant, if slight, addition to that body of literature. Here, the forest creatures promise to wake Hanna Bear. None is loud enough alone, but together they make a racket sufficient to rouse the slumbering bear, who marvels at sights she has never seen before, including a family celebrating the holiday in their snug cottage. The lively, textured illustrations add an element of humor that is not obvious in the text alone.-Virginia Walter, University of California, Los AngelesCopyright 2007 Reed Business Information