- Hardcover: 48 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick (Sept. 19 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0763649236
- ISBN-13: 978-0763649234
- Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 1 x 27.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 544 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Christmas for Bear Hardcover – Sep 19 2017
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Bear's curmudgeonly personality and Mouse's cheerful antics provide droll humor conveyed with polished comedic pacing and clever phrases such as "a mournful bite of pickle." Soft-focus illustrations in watercolor, ink, and gouache are particularly strong in the subtle expressions on the animal faces...Another appealing adventure for this delightful duo, just right for a Christmas Eve storytime, perhaps enjoyed with a plate of pickles.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Both text and art will draw smiles as this awkward holiday gathering unfolds, and especially as Bear’s frosty temperament begins to thaw. And, yes, presents—not just pickles—are eventually exchanged.
Kids who’ve followed the previous adventures of formal introvert Bear and cheerful extrovert Mouse will be tickled by Bear’s new ability to use his crusty persona to tease his friend, and those new to our heroes will giggle at the contrast and comic repartee between the two.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Becker and Denton team up once again for a holiday episode that sweetly acknowledges how the friendship between Bear and Mouse has grown from their first meeting in A Visitor for Bear and the multiple titles since then...The warm and playful use of the familiar story structure and characters make for a read-aloud that will add smiles to the holiday.
—School Library Journal
This odd couple’s banter is evergreen in their sixth book. Cozy illustrations are full of good cheer.
—The Horn Book
Denton’s warm, expressive illustrations heighten the drama and underscore the affection between these two well-loved characters. An amusing, original holiday story.
About the Author
Bonny Becker is the author of several books about Bear and Mouse, including the New York Times bestseller A Visitor for Bear. She is also the author of a number of other award-winning titles, both picture books and middle-grade novels. She lives in Seattle.
Kady MacDonald Denton is the illustrator of many books for children, including the Bear and Mouse books, as well as Two Homes by Claire Masurel. Kady MacDonald Denton lives in Ontario.
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At this point, the characters are well known to regular readers. Bear is a gigantic, fuzzy and often over-bearing homeowner with few friends. Clever and compassionate little mouse breaks through his gruff exterior and continually warms bear toward the wider world.
In this new adventure, Bear is extroverted enough to be planning his first Christmas party … ever. As it turns out, he only is inviting one guest: mouse. But mouse fills the house with mischievous glee. Bear’s carefully scripted plan for the party includes a poem and a special holiday meal involving pickles. Mouse refuses to stay on script, because he can’t see any sign of gifts in bear’s elaborate Christmas display. The two friends scamper around the entire house as mouse tries to plumb this mystery. Bear huffs and puffs, suggesting that gifts will not be exchanged! Mouse simply cannot believe that his friend’s heart hasn’t grown large enough, at this point, to include at least one Christmas present.
There’s even a tangential discovery to be made in exploring this tale with young ones. If you care to dig further, you can explore the so-called “Christmas Pickle,” which turns out to be a fanciful “tradition” involving a Woolworth promotion of European-made Christmas ornaments in the late 1800s. Those early shipments included lots of colorful glass fruits and vegetables and, for some reason—pickles.
Care to read more?
If you’re thinking of a Christmas present for children who have not yet discovered bear and mouse, you might also want to order a copy of the original A Visitor for Bear (Bear and Mouse), which was the first volume by Seattle-based children’s author Bonny Becker. These characters jump to life in Kady MacDonald Denton’s illustrations—so much so, that you’ll enjoy reading the book over and over again with children.
Want even more? Get the other volumes in the series as well:
The Sniffles for Bear (Bear and Mouse)
A Birthday for Bear (Bear and Mouse)
A Library Book for Bear (Bear and Mouse)
A Bedtime for Bear (Bear and Mouse)