Sleepy Bear's Christmas

Sleepy Bear's Christmas

by Udo Alison Weigelt, Cristina Kadmon
     
 

It is springtime when Baby Bear crawls from his cave and sees the world for the first time. Christmas has long since passed, but when Baby Bear hears the other forest creatures talking about the celebrations — the songs, the stories, and the presents — he is thrilled. "How long is it until Christmas?" he asks his mother. "I can't wait�.""Oh, sweet little…  See more details below

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It is springtime when Baby Bear crawls from his cave and sees the world for the first time. Christmas has long since passed, but when Baby Bear hears the other forest creatures talking about the celebrations — the songs, the stories, and the presents — he is thrilled. "How long is it until Christmas?" he asks his mother. "I can't wait�.""Oh, sweet little bear," Mother Bear says gently, "we sleep through the winter. Bears can never have Christmas because we are dreaming in our caves." But the spirit of Christmas in the hearts of his woodland friends works its magic for a sleepy little bear.

Author Biography: Udo Weigelt was born in Hamburg, Germany. He has written numerous other picture books for North-South, including All-Weather Friends, The Strongest Mouse in the World, Hiding Horatio, and Who Stole the Gold? Cristina Kadmon was born in Milan, Italy, and attended art school there and in Tel Aviv, Israel. She has illustrated many picture books for children, including When I Grow Up... by Peter Horn and Luke the Lionhearted by Antonie Schneider, which were also published by North-South.

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Children's Literature
Bears hibernate in the winter, so they don't get to celebrate Christmas. In this book the animals who all exhibit human characteristics talk about the wonders of Christmas. Baby Bear is enthralled and can't get enough about the holiday festivities. He wants to know every detail and is so intent in his pursuit that some of the animals avoid him when he comes by. However, Mama Bear knows how much her son wants to participate in a Christmas celebration so when the time comes, the other animals join them in their den where they tell stories and sing songs and even open presents. Then the bears go back to sleep and dream of springtime. If you can put aside the anthropomorphic animals and even that a bear would enjoy being wakened from hibernation and that the bear would be friends with a host of other animals, then this is the holiday book for you. I found it to be a bit of a stretch, but the message is sweet, even if the story is not believable. 2004, North-South, Ages 2 to 4.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-When Baby Bear crawls from his cave in spring, he hears all of the animals talking about the wonderful Christmas they celebrated while he was sleeping. He is disappointed when his mother tells him that bears always sleep through the winter holiday. The next year, however, the animals shake him awake for an evening of stories, songs, and presents. A little text-heavy for storytime, this book with its sweet acrylic illustrations is best suited for family sharing.-V. W. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735818514
Publisher:
North-South Books, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.72(w) x 11.52(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

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