Happy Christmas, Little Bear

Overview

Little Bear learns that Christmas means more than getting gifts
 
Little Bear’s Christmas list was so long that it covered two pieces of paper.
“I’m not sure if Santa can manage all that,” said Mommy Bear. 
“Yes he can,” said Little Bear. “Or it won’t be a happy Christmas."
 
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Overview

Little Bear learns that Christmas means more than getting gifts
 
Little Bear’s Christmas list was so long that it covered two pieces of paper.
“I’m not sure if Santa can manage all that,” said Mommy Bear. 
“Yes he can,” said Little Bear. “Or it won’t be a happy Christmas."
 
Little Bear is excited about Christmas, especially when he dreams of all the presents he is going to get. But when Christmas Day arrives and Little Bear discovers that not all the presents under the tree belong to him, Christmas seems much less exciting. How can Little Bear have a happy Christmas without lots of presents?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
With Christmas fast approaching Little Bear cranks out a two-page list of what he wants from Santa. When his parents remind him that Santa may not be able to bring him that many things he hides under the stairs and pouts. Later he vehemently remarks that he won't share the space in Santa's sack by asking for less. On Christmas morning his three cousins arrive and they get presents that appear on Little Bear's list but he only gets a card. He chooses to not open the card and he pouts some more until he sees that his cousins need help in order to play with their toys. He offers up help and forgets about his own presents until his father mentions the card. When Little Bear opens it, it says to "Look under the stairs." Much to his delight Little Bear finds a fancy tricycle that has a wagon attached so he can carry all of his cousins around. Children will identify with this simple but well-told tale. There is a lesson regarding the fact that Little Bear and others cannot have all they want but that they can be happy with what they get. However, the lesson is presented in a fun manner that does not seem "preachy." Delightful illustrations enhance the fanciful text and readers can learn about the happiness of sharing. This makes a good story to be read and enjoyed before Christmas. It will especially be a favorite of preschoolers. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Little Bear has too many items on his Christmas list and does not want to cull it down. When all the gifts under the tree go to his cousins, he suffers the indignity of watching the coveted skateboard, hobbyhorse, and pogo stick belong to someone else. Unsatisfied with the envelope he has gotten, Little Bear leaves it unopened and retreats under the kitchen table, coming out when his cousins need help figuring out how to play with their toys. The shared experiences are so much fun that Little Bear forgets about his own present, making his reward at the end all the sweeter. While the characters are not very expressive, the subtle touches make Little Bear's spoiled behavior easier to swallow. The illustrations also help the lesson gently unfold through the story, rather than overtly explaining the virtues of patience and sharing, or that the holiday is about more than just presents.—Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews

Little Bear wants it all for Christmas: His list is two pages long, and he stubbornly refuses to choose just one big item for his present. On Christmas morning he gets so caught up playing with his cousins and their presents that at first he forgets to look for his own Christmas gift, a tricycle, which was hidden under the stairs. The text is rather plodding, but it gets across the message that companionship with family and shared fun are more important than receiving gifts. The illustrations of the extended bear family are done in a muted palette with lots of white space, disengaging readers from the story. The bears themselves have blank expressions and seem curiously posed, like stuffed toys, rather than real characters enjoying themselves at Christmas. Well-meaning, but that's all. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781921714870
  • Publisher: Little Hare Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Allum is the author of How Many Peas in a Pod? Angela Swan is the illustrator of the Magic Kitten series.

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