A Christmas for Bear

By: Bonny Becker

Illustrator: Kady MacDonald Denton

Bear's minimalist holiday celebration has an eager Mouse feeling a bit anxious in this humorous and heartwarming story about the unlikely, lovable pair. Full-color illustrations were done in watercolor, ink, and gouache.

ISBN: 9780763649234

JLG Release: Oct 2017


Series: Bear and Mouse
Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Christmas , Holidays , Bears , Mice , Friendship

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

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 watercolor, ink, and gouache illustrations remain consistent, as does Bear’s and Mouse’s routines. Bear, committed 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 watercolor, ink, and gouache illustrations remain consistent, as does Bear’s and Mouse’s routines. Bear, committed to propriety and insistent that Christmas be all about poetry and pickles, is repeatedly foiled by the “small and gray and bright-eyed” Mouse and his ability to disappear from a room, this time to look for presents. He is as effervescent as ever and only subdued when Bear seems unlikely to waver from his oratory plans. However, Bear, doubling down on his curmudgeonly ways with comically pointed and increasingly louder hints to Mouse, makes the Christmas magic reveal even more of a surprise. VERDICT The warm and playful use of the familiar story structure and characters make for a read-aloud that will add smiles to the holiday.—Joanna Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library

Horn Book

Although he’s decked the halls for his first proper Christmas, Bear (A Visitor for Bear, rev. 2/08, and sequels) is bah-humbug on presents. Incredulous, Mouse hunts for hidden loot, but Bear is immovable: Christmas means “a long and difficult poem,” gingerbread bears, and, oddly, pickles. Mouse brightly persists; Bear stubb Although he’s decked the halls for his first proper Christmas, Bear (A Visitor for Bear, rev. 2/08, and sequels) is bah-humbug on presents. Incredulous, Mouse hunts for hidden loot, but Bear is immovable: Christmas means “a long and difficult poem,” gingerbread bears, and, oddly, pickles. Mouse brightly persists; Bear stubbornly resists; and so it goes until Bear begins reciting “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” emphasis on the stockings. The stockings are indeed hung by the chimney with care—proof that the Scrooge routine is (mostly) an act. This odd couple’s banter is evergreen in their sixth book. Cozy illustrations are full of good cheer. kitty flynn

Book Details

ISBN

9780763649234

First Release

October 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

Page Count

48

Accelerated Reader

Level 2.6; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 2.2; Points: 1;

Lexile

Level AD560L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Christmas, Holidays, Bears, Mice, Friendship,

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