The Advent Storybook

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Benjamin Bear is so impatient for Christmas to come. To help the time pass more quickly, his mother tells him that every day when he opens a door on his Advent calendar she'll tell him a story—"twenty-four stories all about another little bear and his long, arduous journey to Bethlehem. The little bear, led by a glittering star, meets many others on his travels across hot deserts, snowy mountains, and through dark, lonely nights. His adventures, filled with acts of heroism and kindness and many small miracles, ...

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Overview

Benjamin Bear is so impatient for Christmas to come. To help the time pass more quickly, his mother tells him that every day when he opens a door on his Advent calendar she'll tell him a story—"twenty-four stories all about another little bear and his long, arduous journey to Bethlehem. The little bear, led by a glittering star, meets many others on his travels across hot deserts, snowy mountains, and through dark, lonely nights. His adventures, filled with acts of heroism and kindness and many small miracles, show him the path to the Christ Child. And by journey's end Benjamin Bear—"and all youngsters who share the stories and their simple morals along with him—"will understand and celebrate the true spirit of Christmas.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A mother bear tells her cub (and readers) a different story for each day of December in The Advent Storybook: 24 Stories to Share Before Christmas by Antonie Schneider, illus. by Maja Dus kov , from "The Star with a Tail" (on Dec. 1) to the place it leads, "The Manger," on Christmas Eve. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
As little Benjamin Bear opens each door of the advent calendar that marks off the days until Christmas, Mother Bear tells him a short story that goes with the little hidden picture. Each story connects to the next as a young bear follows the Star of Bethlehem, encountering a variety of people and creatures along the way. Mother Bear uses each story as the springboard for a short affirmation. When the bear meets Santa Claus she tells Benjamin "that sharing with others brings us closer to God." In the story about two angels (each with just one wing) that help each other to fly to Bethlehem, she says " . . . it's nice to know the God gives us friends and loved ones to help us on our journey." All along the way the questing bear learns about what it means to be a good person and to love God. 24 stories later all of the characters arrive at the stable and are rewarded with the joy of the infant Jesus' laughter. The lovely, color-washed illustrations are nostalgic and magical without over-powering the story line. This would make a lovely family gift to share year after year—helping the little people learn some powerful messages about the season and to count the days until Christmas. 2005 (orig. 2004), North South Books, Ages 4 to 10.
—Sheilah Egan
Kirkus Reviews
A short story for each of the days of December leading up to Christmas is the premise for this charming collection of related tales told by Mother Bear to her son, Benjamin Bear. Benjamin has an Advent calendar and each night, he opens one door on the calendar and his mother tells him a little story related to the picture inside. Each story is about an unnamed little bear (who has different coloring from Benjamin), shown in the large illustrations facing each story. Some of the stories are about values, others have a religious slant and one is about Santa. At the end of each one, Mother Bear points out some aspect of the story that relates to their family's faith or to positive virtues that she wants her son to notice. In the last story, for December 24, all the characters encountered in the previous stories join the little bear outside the stable of the Nativity scene. The individual short stories with a gentle lesson will be easily understood by young children and could be used by families for Advent or in Sunday-school programs. (Picture book. 3-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735819634
  • Publisher: Ingram Pub Services
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 458,231
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Antonie Schneider was born in Mindelheim, in southern Germany, where she still lives. A former elementary school teacher, she has written numerous other books for North-South, including The Dearest Little Mouse in the World and Good-Bye, Vivi!

Maja Dusikova was born in Piestany, Czechoslovakia, and now lives in Florence, Italy. She has illustrated many books for both children and adults, including The Advent Storybook and Silent Night, Holy Night.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2008

    Lovely book!

    This is a gentle and lovely Christmas book. I highly recommend it. The stories for each day are very short and appropriate for children's attetion span. Each lesson has a moral taught by a loving mother bear.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2009

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    Awesome Advent Teaching

    I took out a bunch of books about Advent this year, hoping to share some of the meaning of Christmas with my children before the day arrived. This was by far the winner! We loved it so much, I bought it so we could read it in years to come. My daughter has insisted we read it each night since, through January. The stories are simple, short, and very meaningful. They can be a conversation starter or stand on their own. Each day is different, while the bear stays as the central character. It is a truly wonderful book I would highly recommend to ANYONE.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Inspiring Book !

    I came across this book in mid December 2008 and I liked it.There are 25 stories for each day till Christmas Day and each story teaches us something special. We learn a lot about what Christmas actually is, on the journey till Christmas day. We make the journey alongwith all the characters in the book to see Baby Jesus. It is going to become the tradition in our family to read this book every year during Advent right from the 1st day of December till the 25th December - Christmas. We are all going to make the journey to Bethlehem alongwith all the characters in the book. I am so glad that I bought this book ! It is truly inspirational and uplifting to read each of the stories. A must have for the home library !

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2007

    Real Christmas Spirit

    My children LOVE this book! We've read it together for the past two Christmas seasons...They really look forward to it! Gorgeous illustrations and sweet stories...A new classic!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2005

    Excellent

    This is a great book suitable for almost any age. It teaches great lessons without being preachy. I love it. And the art is beautiful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2010

    Great family book!

    I bought this to replace the candy advent calendar and am glad I did...my kids had a great time listening to the stories and looked forward to the next night when we could oontinue reading. It also served as a great springboard for discussion and helped us teach our kids a little more about the true meaning of Christmas. Would highly recommend...would make a great gift!

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