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The Berenstain Bears Save Christmas Hardcover – September 23, 2003

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Grade 1-3-From e-mails he receives from cubs, and by observing on his scanner machine, Santa Bear concludes that Christmas has been ruined: families are rude and competitive and the "-Christmas greedies were spreading through the land." He sets out, incognito, to search for the true spirit of the season. Luckily, Mama Bear has already put the brakes on, and the Bear family has reformed when disguised Santa arrives. Once again, a moral imperative is pounded home in the Berenstains' familiar, formulaic way. Problems of the overlong text, the meter that doesn't scan, and the canned illustrations will hardly matter to the Bears' many fans.-S. P.
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About the Author

Stan and Jan Berenstain were already successful cartoonists for magazines and adult humor books when they began writing children's books. The first story starring the bear family, The Big Honey Hunt, appeared in 1962. Since then, more than 250 Berenstain Bears books have been published, and more than 260 million copies have been sold. What began as an idea sparked by their young sons' interest in children's books has become over the years arguably the best-selling children's book series ever.

Since their inception, the Berenstain Bears stories have expanded to include picture books, beginning readers, and chapter books—even a hit TV show on PBS. Writing and illustrating the books has become a Berenstain family affair. Mike joined with his parents as a creative team in the late 1980s. The Bear family has expanded over the years as well. Sister Bear arrived in 1974, and baby Honey joined the family in 2000.

Since Stan's death at age eighty-two in 2005, Jan and Mike have continued to write and illustrate wonderful new adventures for Mama, Papa, Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear. They live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, which looks a lot like Bear Country.



Mike Berenstain lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where he continues to write and illustrate wonderful new adventures for Mama, Papa, Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: Berenstain Bears
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HarperFestival; 1 edition (September 23, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006052670X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060526702
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Mother of 2 Kidlets VINE VOICE on July 16, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
a good story reminding young ones that Christmas isn't all about getting presents. It does not have a religious overtone, so if you're looking for something more spiritual, keep looking.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 2003
Format: Library Binding
This book would be great for any family that is feeling overwhelmed with Christmas! It is a reminder to us all that Christmas has been lost in the decorating, the endless "I want" lists, artificial trees, light shows, etc... Santa Bear sees all of this happening in Bear Country and is very saddened by this and considers cancelling Christmas...One family shows him that their simple family Christmas still exists and Santa Bears faith in the old fashioned Christmas is renewed...The rhyming makes it easy for the kids to follow
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I should have read this book before purchasing it but trusting the Berenstain's series, I went ahead and bought it. Well, to be honest, it's VERY negative! It's written as a poem in the same style as "The Night Before Christmas" and quite frankly, it gets quite tedious reading it for about 20 pages. The message is good - it talks about how everyone in Bear Country gets caught up in all the business and the "outdoing" of each other in Christmas decorations, and Santa is quite upset and even mad over all of it. The illustrations of Santa here are quite vivid - not at all like the nice faces on the regular bears faces. So, as a hint, this book isn't for the younger than 5 set in my opinion.

The bit in the end about worshiping the stars is quite ridiculous. Golly, where on earth did that come from? Sure was weird and as a writer, I just reword things as I go and that definitely was an edit! All in all, I really don't recommend this one - it needs a rewrite and I'm quite surprised it made it through an editor's desk. It is far too negative and something that isn't read too much in this house. What a disappointment! Think our copy may wind up in the Salvation Army donation box!

That said, Santa decides that since he sees ONE family that keeps the true spirit of Christmas, that he will go on and deliver all of his gifts. So, that's how the Berenstain Bears saved Christmas. Gee, better efforts next time guys!
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My 5 yr old loves all of the Berenstain Bears books so when we saw this one around the holidays we had to get it. This was our first Kindle for iPad ebook purchase and I was pleasantly surprised at the layout. The story itself was all in rhyme ('twas the night before Christmas) and was much longer then the regular story books. We both enjoyed it and the message was great.
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By K. Rice on December 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm really surprised that this book doesn't have a higher rating. It's a wonderfully written story about the pitfalls of Christmas....materialism and greediness. It teaches one to focus on the true meaning of Christmas. Love, family, sharing, and kindness. Easily one of my top 3 Christmas stories to share with my kids. Highly recommended!
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