*Starred Review* PreS-K. The old favorite gets wrapped in a Christmas bow, with excellent results. It's Christmas Eve, and all through the house, the Bear family is getting ready. Mama Bear has just made gingerbread, but it's too hot to eat, so the family takes a walk outside in the snowy forest. When they return, why, someone has been eating the gingerbread--and gobbled it all up! The visitor sat in the chairs, too, and broke one. And sure enough, someone tried out all the beds--and left a red coat draped on the baby bear's bed. Someone also left presents under the tree. The bears run out to see a coatless Santa waving from his sleigh. The artwork is utterly childlike, with sturdy, stocky bear figures unambiguously investigating the whereabouts of their visitor. But there are also some magical scenes, especially when the family walks in the woods. Snow-crusted fir trees ring their cabin, and stars twinkle against a midnight sky (sharp-eyed children can see the tiniest hint of a sleigh). The enchantment of the outdoor spreads, where sounds are as important as sights, juxtaposes neatly against the mysteries the bears find when they return home. Ilene Cooper
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*"The old favourite gets wrapped in a Christmas bow, with excellent results." (Booklist (starred review) )
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