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Bear Stays Up for Christmas (The Bear Books) Hardcover – October 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: The Bear Books
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; First Edition edition (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689852789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689878046
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2–It's the day before Christmas, and Bear's friends have gathered in his lair to wake him up to celebrate the holiday. They get a tree, pop corn and bake fruitcake, and hang stockings and hum songs. The others doze off, but Bear keeps busy wrapping presents, baking cookies, and decorating, unaware that a certain plump, red-suited gentleman is watching from outside the cave. The rhyming text sings, shouts, whispers, and crows, and the appealing acrylic illustrations are dear. This is an exuberant tale of friendship and perseverance, and holiday storytimes will be the brighter for it.–M. A.
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School Library Journal, starred review Kids will ask for this book again and again.

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Customer Reviews

Very cute story and illustrations.
tonamoore
The kids loved this book and we will definitely be reading this one over the holidays!
Marisa
Another Bear book for me……I have 3 of Karma Wilson's Bear books….love this one too.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By youbink on September 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If your child loves Bear Snores On, you have to get this book. It follows along the same line as Bear Snores On, except this time Bear wants to stay awake and celebrate Christmas with his friends.On the day before Christmas all of his friends( mouse, badger, mole, raven and wren) come to his lair to wake him up.They all pitch in keeping bear awake and preparing for the holiday.Another wonderful Bear story. The text flows just as smoothly as Bear Snores On, and it has the same style of beautiful illustrations. This is sure to be a favorite of any fan of Bear.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By TundraVision on November 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
T'was

'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
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sherry L. Sulisz on March 31, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Let me start by saying that I get goose bumps at the end of this book EVERY time I read it to my daughter, who is now 4. The illustrations and the rhymes are so wonderful. This was the first of the Bear books that I had read, and I ran right out to get the others, which are all equally fantastic. You won't be disappointed with this one. I am anxiously awaiting the release of Karma's next Bear book...
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gee on November 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is really cute about a bear who wants to stay up for Christmas and his friends help him stay up until his friends fall asleep and then the bear has a few surprises for everyone! My girls ages 4 and 2 really like this book! The pictures are so pretty too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Judith Miller VINE VOICE on October 22, 2008
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Bears are pretty predictable and they need to sleep a lot during the winter. However, this year Bear's animal friends decided to wake him up on Christmas Eve so that he can enjoy Christmas Day! Mouse, Hare, Badger, Gopher, Mole, Raven and Wren are a colorful group of animals.

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.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My 2 year old recently got Bear Snores On for his birthday. A delightful book about a big bear, fast asleep in his lair that becomes over-crowded with other animals of the forest in short order as they eventually wake up bear and become friends.

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!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ltp1 on October 30, 2008
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This is a smallish, hardcover, jacket-less version suitable for little kids - no jacket to tear, no big pages that are hard to turn and easy to rip.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donna Lee Muise on October 30, 2014
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Using this for my Christmas Eve Family Service, when I always read a story to the children, give a present that goes with the story, and decorate to help us feel a part of the story.
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