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Merry Christmas, Big Hungry Bear!

Merry Christmas, Big Hungry Bear!

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by Don Wood, Audrey Wood
     
 

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The long-awaited sequel to Don & Audrey Wood's mega-bestselling, award-winning classic THE BIG HUNGRY BEAR (1984), which has sold more than 18 million copies in hardcover worldwide.

Painted in acrylics using the same technique and the same paper as the bestseller THE LITTLE MOUSE, THE RED RIPE STRAWBERRY AND THE BIG HUNGRY BEAR, this delightful picture book

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The long-awaited sequel to Don & Audrey Wood's mega-bestselling, award-winning classic THE BIG HUNGRY BEAR (1984), which has sold more than 18 million copies in hardcover worldwide.

Painted in acrylics using the same technique and the same paper as the bestseller THE LITTLE MOUSE, THE RED RIPE STRAWBERRY AND THE BIG HUNGRY BEAR, this delightful picture book brings back the same beloved characters, the timid Little Mouse and the mysterious unseen Big Hungry Bear, and ends with a wonderful Christmas surprise--the promise of a new friendship between a tiny mouse and a big bear who doesn't seem quite so scary after all.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
Perfect for holiday story hour, this could easily become a personal favorite.
Publishers Weekly
This holiday sequel to The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear juxtaposes its very simple language with expressive, comically exaggerated paintings. As little Mouse sets up his tree and the presents beneath, an unseen narrator reminds him about his neighbor, "the big, hungry Bear." In the illustrations, Mouse responds by anxiously setting up padlocks and barricades, fearfully guarding his heap of gifts. But, hearing that the bear never gets any presents, he has a change of heart. The pleasure of this book isn't in novelty or surprise but in the Woods' utterly confident delivery. A solid choice for the very young, with a subtly rendered lesson about sharing. Ages 2-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Presents are piled under Little Mouse's tree, and they're all for him. An unidentified narrator tells him about Hungry Bear, who loves Christmas presents- and never gets any, not even from Santa. At first Little Mouse tries to protect his stash (one humorous spread shows his gifts all chained up and booby-trapped by thumbtacks), but then he begins to feel sorry for the ursine fellow. He gathers together most of his loot, puts on his Santa suit, and bravely makes his way to Bear's den, where he delivers the gifts and starts to decorate the tree. But, will Little Mouse pay for his generous impulse when Bear wakes up? Fans of The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear (Turtleback, 1984) will love this funny, exciting, and satisfying tale that celebrates generosity and the importance of making friends. The colorful spreads feel as familiar and cozy as fuzzy slippers, and project beautifully for sharing in a storytime.-M. A. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The little mouse who didn’t want to share in The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear (1984) returns to celebrate Christmas in this delightful sequel from Audrey Wood and Don Wood. They again use the same inventive format of the first-person narrative voice speaking directly to the mouse character, who gazes out boldly at the reader and adjusts his expressions and behavior in an interactive way that draws the reader into the story. At first, Mouse doesn’t want to share any of his stacks of Christmas gifts when reminded of big, hungry Bear who also loves Christmas presents. Several double-paged spreads on the oversized pages show Mouse barring the door, setting tacks around the tree, and chaining the presents together. Comments from the narrative voice cause Mouse to feel empathy for Bear, who is never seen but is presented as terrifying but sad because he never receives any presents of his own. Mouse bravely takes a load of presents to leave for Bear, decorates the Bear’s tree to the strains of "Quick little Mouse. Someone big is waking up. . . ." and in return, receives a huge, wrapped box, leaving it to the reader to speculate what might be inside. Mouse exemplifies the lightning-fast mood changes of a young child, looking straight out at his audience and showing pride, fear, greed, obstinacy, empathy, and awe in turn on his amazingly expressive face. Sharing with others, even when it’s hard, is truly an important lesson, and Mouse’s small heart grows three sizes in this touching tale. (Picture book. 2-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439320924
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2002
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
10.02(w) x 10.78(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile:
AD200L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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