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The Berenstain Bears Meet Santa Bear (First Time Books(R)) Paperback – October 12, 1984


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 740L (What's this?)
  • Series: First Time Books(R)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; 15 edition (October 12, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394868803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679805939
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

How can Santa's sleigh land when there's no snow on the ground? How can he possibly fit down all those skinny-minny little chimneys? And how come every mall has a different Santa? These are just some of the highly delicate issues handled in this classic First Time Book that's back in print with a cheery new cover for a new generation of Bear fans.  

About the Author

Stan and Jan Berenstain were both born in 1923 in Philadelphia.  They didn't know each other as children, but met later at school, at the Philadelphia College of Art.  They liked each other right away, and found out that the both enjoyed the same kinds of books, plays, music and art.  During World War II, Stan was a medical assistant in the Army, and Jan worked in an airplane factory.  When the war was over, they got married and began to work together as artists and writers, primarily drawing cartoons for popular magazines.  After having their two sons Leo and Michael, the Berenstains decided to write some funny children's books that their children and other children could read and enjoy.  Their first published children's book was called The Big Honey Hunt.  It was about a family of bears, who later became known as the "Berenstain Bears."  


Stan and Jan planned all of their books together. They both wrote the stories and created the pictures.  They continued to live outside of Philadelphia in the country.  There are now over 300 Berenstain Bears books.

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Customer Reviews

The format on the Kindle made it really difficult to read.
Jen Walkup
Berenstain Bears books are always good, and this one is no exception.
Olivia Kersh
We love the books - they are great reading with a good storyline.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
"...Christmas is such a special time that very special, almost magical things can happen. And the most magical thing of all is Santa Bear: I'd say he has the best job in the whole world, because the joy of giving is what Christmas is all about." -- From the book

This lovely book by Stan and Jan Berenstain follows the Bear family as they navigate through the trappings of Christmas: making lists, feeling the tug of store-front windows loaded with toys, kids worrying if they've been good enough to merit Santa Bear's visit, the spirit of giving and more.

I love that this book doesn't demonize wanting things (like The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies), and shows kids deciding to spend their own money to buy their parents special gifts from Christmas.

One adorable scene in this book is when the kids encounter a bell ringing Santa outside the mall, standing in front of a pot that says "Help the Needy". Paper Bear explains "His job is to collect money to help the needy--birds who need seed, squirrels who didn't put enough aside for the winter".

Especially good for Christmastime, The Berenstain Bears Meet Santa Bear is a heartwarming story with an uplifting message that children will no doubt enjoy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is a good book about caring, especially during the Christmas season. At first Sister wants to receive many presents, but latter realizes that Christmas is about giving. it deals with Santa Bear and even wonders how he does such magical things. This book answers these questions in a way children can understand.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By boxwood100 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is such a cute book! This one has the Bear family going to the mall two days after Thanksgiving and finding that it's all decorated for Christmas. Mama thinks it's too early, but Papa thinks that the kids will be fine and they will be able to handle it. Then the next page shows the cubs jumping up and down in front of the toy store way too excited for the season to begin. Sister has a ton of questions about Santa, like how does he get down our skinny chimney, how does he drive his sleigh when there's no snow, etc., etc. Just the same questions just about every child has at one time or another. It also goes through how hard it is to wait until Christmas Eve and all the things a kid goes through waiting for that wonderful event. Lastly, it shows the cubs buying thoughtful gifts for their parents and being very excited when they open them on Christmas. The book closes with Papa explaining all of Sister's questions on Christmas Eve while they are looking up into the sky, waiting for Santa Bear to come. Then, it starts to snow and blankets the entire town with Christmas snow.

This is such a great little book - it shows all the joys of Christmas through a child's eyes but also teaches about giving. When Sister says that Santa Bear has the hardest job in the world making all those presents and then delivering them, Papa counters with the fact that he thinks that Santa Bear has the best job because he gets to give all those gifts to so many cubs. That's the last sentence in the book too - when the cubs give their gifts to their parents, they realize that Papa was right - Santa Bear did have the best job in the whole world because it feels better to give than to receive.

We LOVE this book in our house and I just can't recommend it enough!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marlowe Dale on October 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is about how the cubs start wanting their presents for Christmas. Brother bear wants just a couple of things and makes a small Christmas list, while sister bear makes a really long one. Sister gets thiknking and she realizes she's being greedy.
I reccomend this book to any child who is havinbg a want problem. The point of this story is don't be greedy. This is for children 5-8 yrs. of age.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 1998
Format: Paperback
Two days after Thanksgiving, Christmas comes to Bear Country. In the first few pages, the parents discuss about the cubs' behaivor. The cubs notice the toys they see advertised during Disney's One Saturday Morning. Sister starts on her Christmas List, but Brother tells her all about Santa Bear (who I call Santa Claus). 'Course, Bro didn't tell Sis about the coal Santa gives bad kids.
After Santa recieves the lists, the cubs go to buy presents for their parents. Later on, Sister finds out the meaning of Christmas: "It's not the giving of the recieving. It's the loving."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Olivia Kersh on September 17, 2010
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Berenstain Bears books are always good, and this one is no exception. This is a sweet little story that starts with the young ones wanting LOTS for Christmas, and ends with a good lesson aboout giving. I bought this for my 4 year old grandson, and he loves it. With the usual lovely artwork, it;s a good one to get into the mood for Christmas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristin on December 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
I gave this book four stars because it is a great book for children dealing with questions about Santa Claus. Papa Bear answers all these questions with a simple answer, "Christmas is such a special time of year that very special, almost magical things can happen. And the most magical thing of all is Santa Bear."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anna M. Ligtenberg VINE VOICE on November 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
ISBN 0394968808 - Another Christmas book that starts right around Thanksgiving, a small negative in my opinion, but I admit to laughing out loud that Mama Bear agreed with me on the first page, saying "It seems to me that the Christmas season starts earlier every year." I'm reading my way through piles of Christmas books right now and was happy to find the Berenstain Bears in the pile.

Two days after Thanksgiving, the Bear family - like so many others - hits the mall. The children, in response to too many TV toy commercials, seem nearly giddy and beg to be able to return when Santa Bear visits the mall. At home, they make their lists; Brother's is short and neat, but Sister's is long and messy and, worse, makes her appear very greedy. Brother explains to her why this is wrong and she re-writes it before the big day arrives. The family visits Santa, shops and prepares for the holiday and Papa Bear is there to answer Sister's questions about Santa - and to teach her that Santa has the best job in the world, because Christmas is all about the joy of giving, a lesson that is confirmed for her on Christmas morning.

With a simple story teaching more than one nice message, the Berenstains manage to tell a Christmas tale without relying on the re-telling of a Christmas classic; this is a great thing, in my opinion, because there really are just so many tellings of the classics that any one parent can stand. The text is fairly simple, appropriate for the 4-8 age group, and the illustrations are standard Berenstains, bright and colorful with lots of cute little "bear" details in them. Little ones won't even realize that they're learning.

- AnnaLovesBooks
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