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Bear Stays Up for Christmas (The Bear Books) Hardcover – October 1, 2004
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'The day before Christmas,
snuggled on his floor,
Bear sleeps soundly
With a great big snore. ...'
Poor Bear! He's never seen a Christmas because of his hibernation habit. This year, his forest friends vow to wake him up and keep him up for their Christmas celebration. Karma Wilson's story with Jane Chapman's gorgeous illustrations of the Beautimous Bear and all his furry and feathered friends is sure to become one of your children's Christmas favorites. /TundraVision, Amazon Reviewer
The story is told in rhyme and the animals all convince Bear that he must stay up and keep moving. They want to give him a wonderful Christmas and decorate his den. Together they find a Christmas tree, make decorations and sing Christmas carols and Bear stays up! After awhile, the animals fall asleep, one by one, but not Bear. He stays busy all night making surprises for his friends. When morning comes all the animals find that Bear made them presents and that Santa had also been there. One final gift is given and it's for Bear. A charming patchwork quilt to keep him warm. He's covered up by his friends and settles down for a nice long sleep.
I liked the way the animals showed concern for Bear and wanted to do something special for him. I think that was a good way to show that it's important to do something nice for another person. A kind act is another type of gift! As a quilter, I enjoyed seeing the quilt show up at the end of the story. Not sure who made it though, was it Santa or the animals? Quilting animals, maybe for another story.
I think this is a sweet Christmas story and has a lovely message for children.
The story is heartwarmingly cute. It's told in rhyme similar (not identical) to Twas the Night Before Xmas style, like the earlier Bear stories - this time, the stanzas are occasionally punctuated by "But the bear stays up."
Bear's natural urge is to hibernate, but the other woodland animals want him to join their Christmas fun. The animals wake Bear and he gamely drags himself through the day, carrying home a Xmas tree, nearly falling asleep while stringing popcorn, singing in the firelight, and by the end of Xmas eve, bear is joyously wide awake while it's the other animals who have fallen asleep. He plays Santa -- but so does Santa. In the end, "When all gifts are opened, / there's one last surprise. / Badger shows Bear / a quilt just his size." And to sleep Bear goes.
A perfect snuggle-up read, warmly illustrated (big furry happy bear in glowing firelight in a cave) for younger kids (4-7ish) and even older ones will like it, though they won't admit it.
Bear Stays up for Christmas is the wonderful sequel by karma Wilson. Wilson's clever and funny rhyming prose keeps the kids interested and Jane Chapman's gorgeous illustrations make this one another classic. This time, although Bear wants to sleep again through Christmas, his friends (Mouse, Badger, Hare, Raven, Mole...and the rest) won't let him. The group gets in the spirit by decorating a tree, hanging stockings and wrapping presents.
Another great "Bear" book and a holiday one to boot. My son just loves these!
In "Bear Snores On" several animals from the woods gather in bear's cave to escape the cold winter night. In this book they gather together once again as friends to celebrate Christmas. Once again parents have the opportunity to explain how bear's hibernate, and why it is difficult for bear to stay awake. In this book the friends sing "O Holy Night" remembering that Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ, and Santa appears too. They decorate, cook, cut down a Christmas tree, exchange gifts and share a meal like a typical Christmas celebration.
As in all the books about Bear, Illustrator Jane Chapman has done a beautiful job of illustrating this story for children.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such a cute book for Christmas. Illustration is awesome. Great company and servicePublished 4 days ago by snaggletooth
Very cute and sweet story! I love that it rhymes and hope to get more Bear books now!Published 4 days ago by Melinda
Picked up this book for my niece and nephews, and I loved it too! Sweet story and lovely art.Published 15 days ago by PJ Graham