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Bear's First Christmas Hardcover – October 2, 2007
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About the Author
Mr. Kinerk grew up in Alaska and has worked as a journalist and playwright. He now lives with his wife, Anne, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Jim LaMarche is one of the most talented artists working in children’s books today. His many successful books include Rainbabies by Laura Kraus Melmed and Albert by Donna Jo Napoli, which was selected as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; and Up and Raft, which he also wrote. Most recently he illustrated The Carpenter’s Gift by David Rubel. Jim lives in Santa Cruz, California.
Top Customer Reviews
A truly magical story.
The art is very nice. When the story describes the bear listening for the music, the artist was able to recreate the scene perfectly. The children in the house singing carols are portrayed in rapturous joy and the tenderness of the bear is lovingly painted.
Despite the author's portrayal of bears as playful, happy, and helpful animals, I think this book is very enjoyable and appropriate for kids 2 and up. I don't think it's a good idea to portray bears like that since they are actually strong, wild animals which should not be approached, but so many other kids books portray them as cuddly, so I can't be too hard on Kinerk here.
What I can be hard on is the choice of font. The skinny, broken, scraggly font is hard to read. It is difficult to read ahead while reading aloud since the font needs deciphering. It took a couple readings before I could effectively read this aloud to my son.
One other problem for some parents is the omission of Christ and/or any other religious significance for the holiday. The Christmas tree is given an unnecessary significance, and the book has a heavy dose of naturalism. This may be a turn off for those parents who wish to teach their kids "the reason for the season".
All in all, the book is entertaining, well drawn, and has enough plot to be read over and over again. Naturally, the book only has a shelf-life of a month or two before the Christmas season is over, but the book's physical binding and size make it a keeper. 4 stars for an excellent book, but a point off for the font.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The illustrations drew me to this book but the lyrical poetical writing won me over completely! It just flows so nicely. A keeper of a book.Published 27 days ago by Tea&BookLover
A great Christmas book for kids. Heartwarming and well illustrated. A classic that adults will enjoy too.Published 7 months ago by Dean Carlisle
I absolutely love the illustrations in this book (I think they're done in chalk or pastel) - that's what drew me to buy it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Barbara
Cute story, but expected it to be in a bit better shape than it was in. Not quite as good as advertised.Published 19 months ago by Janice Vocke
This was for our Granddaughter Samantha who is read to every night since she was born.We are very pleased to pass on the love of reading.Published on September 22, 2013 by Sharon Turner
A very cute book. Sixteen more words to write is really annoying, but I guess I will have to oblige.Published on May 10, 2013 by Roger Haley