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Merry Christmas, Big Hungry Bear!
     

Merry Christmas, Big Hungry Bear!

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by Audrey Wood, Don Wood (Illustrator)
 

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It's Christmas and the little Mouse is looking forward to opening the presents around the tree. But what about the Big Hungry Bear who lives on top of the hill? The little Mouse's brave and generous spirit reminds us that Christmas is for everyone, not just ourselves. The little Mouse and the big, hungry Bear are known and loved by millions of children around the

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It's Christmas and the little Mouse is looking forward to opening the presents around the tree. But what about the Big Hungry Bear who lives on top of the hill? The little Mouse's brave and generous spirit reminds us that Christmas is for everyone, not just ourselves. The little Mouse and the big, hungry Bear are known and loved by millions of children around the world. Published in 1984, The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear has been a perennial bestseller for over twenty years in countries and languages too numerous to mention.

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Cork Evening Echo
Follows the unlikely relationship between a large and possibly scary bear and a tiny mouse who takes pity on him and brings him Christmas presents.
With a strong message about sharing at Christmas, this also has a good ending full of suspense and will most definitely amuse adults as well as, or perhaps more than, children.
2005 Scholastic Best Books Supplement
Mouse has an enormous collection of presents, but when reminded that the Hungry Bear may not have any, does he generously donate some to the Bear? He does not! He barricades his house in case the Bear comes and steals his gifts. Eventually the Christmas spirit wins through and Mouse makes and epic journey to the Bear’s cave where he gets a Big Surprise. The expressions on Mouse’s face are just the beginning of why the book is a quick favourite throughout all ages.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781904550365
Publisher:
Child's Play-International
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Series:
Child's Play Library
Edition description:
NEW
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
557,253
Product dimensions:
9.62(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

Meet the Author


Audrey Wood is the author of many books for children, including the bestselling The Napping House, Piggies, Caldecott Honor Book King Bidgood's in the Bathtub, Heckedy Peg, and Piggy Pie Po, all of which were illustrated by her husband, Don Wood. The Woods divide their time between California and Hawaii.

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Merry Christmas Big Hungry Bear 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a HUGE fan of ¿The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear,¿ I was delighted to discover the Woods have teamed up to write and illustrate ¿Merry Christmas, BIG HUNGRY BEAR!¿ Several weeks ago I stopped at my local bookstore for one of my monthly visits, and while perusing the ¿New and Notable¿ section I recognized the illustrated mouse standing among a pile of Christmas packages. I snatched the book off the shelf faster than I could read the title, and immediately became engrossed! As in the first book, the illustrations in ¿Merry Christmas BIG HUNGRY BEAR!¿ are OUTSTANDING, in addition, the Woods have maintained the same cleaver writing style with the reader narrating the story. Children of all ages will enjoy this delightful Christmas tale about sharing and caring among unlikely friends. The story actually begins on the title page; the beautifully illustrated two-page spread shows Little Mouse returning home with a sled full of packages. He lives in a hollow tree somewhere cold, because it has recently snowed and he¿s wearing a red coat with cap, and black snow boots. The narration begins on the next page, ¿Hello, little Mouse. I see you¿re ready for Christmas.¿ The mouse, now tucked away in his cozy, little home is placing presents around a brilliantly decorated Christmas tree that¿s already loaded with gifts. Turn the page, ¿My goodness! What a lot of presents. Are they all for you?¿ Now we see a proud little mouse presenting his mountain of gifts to the reader. Over the next few pages the narrator (that¿s you) reminds the Little Mouse about the Big, Hungry Bear who¿s all alone in the dark cave at the top of the hill. Little Mouse boards up his door, padlocks the gifts and places tacks all over the floor in an attempt to protect his belongings. Then, the mouse hears about the Big, Hungry Bear who cries every Christmas because he never receives Christmas presents, not even from Santa Claus. Little Mouse is sad for his lonely neighbor, and decides to share Christmas with the Big, Hungry Bear. Much to Mouse¿s surprise the Big, Hungry Bear reciprocates the sentiment. The very talented husband and wife team have done it again! This enchanting Christmas tale will have you immediately hooked on this adorable little creature and his unlikely friend. The illustrations are very expressive for easy comprehension, and the melodic text captivates even the youngest listener. This hardbound book measures approximately 10¿ x 10 ½¿ and contains 38 pages. One-year and up.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
Love this! I love little mouse and this sequel is even more precious. Little mouse has to protect his presents from the Big Hungry Bear, but how? Little mouse’s facial expressions are just priceless in this novel! Little mouse tries to cover his presents up with a blanket, next he drags a big heavy chain and lock in and ties that around them but we all know that Big Hungry Bear will do anything to get what he wants. As the story continues, little mouse is frantic on what to do to save his presents from Big Hungry Bear and it is the season of giving and little mouse’s heart is big……little mouse, you are truly a blessing. What a terrific story by Don and Audrey Wood, two of my favorite children’s authors. Big lavishing illustrations with large text and a wonderful story that you’ll want to read over and over again. I’m jumping online right now to buy a copy of this, as it is not just going to be Christmas read for my granddaughter and I.
Phlockteacher More than 1 year ago
I love sharing the books I read to our children with our grandson. At 3, the little mouse and the big, hungry bear were no strangers to him, as for months, the original book was his 'read it again and again' bedtime story. I was delighted to notice Merry Christmas, Big Hungry Bear on a shelf in our school media center-waiting for our specialist to do a read-aloud with our kindergarteners. I knew this was one book that would truly be a surprise for our grandson and our daughter. (Our family's original The Big Hungry Bear and the Red Ripe Strawberry is now on our grandson's shelf-20 years after the pages were turned for our children as they grew.) The story continues with importance of sharing but this time with lots of Christmas spiciness as the little mouse tries to find a way to protect his Christmas from the Big Hungry Bear. The end result leads little listeners to the 'it's better to give than receive' value, but, of course, there's a reward for all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don and Audrey really capture a child's imagination with their books. I love their illustrations!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don and Audrey woods once again captivate the magic of the little mouse and the big hungry bear in this heartwarming and fuzzy story about generosity and giving. It is filled with all the magic of the holidays - a must buy for any little ones at Christmas! What a great find!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a fun read. We like the message it sends. Great book!!