- Board book
- Publisher: The Blue Sky Press / Scholastic (2005)
- ASIN: B004GWD4FQ
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,828,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Merry Christmas, BIG HUNGRY BEAR!
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Several weeks ago I stopped at my local bookstore for one of my monthly visits, and while perusing the "New and Notable" section I recognized the illustrated mouse standing among a pile of Christmas packages. I snatched the book off the shelf faster than I could read the title, and immediately became engrossed! As in the first book, the illustrations in "Merry Christmas BIG HUNGRY BEAR!" are OUTSTANDING, in addition, the Woods have maintained the same cleaver writing style with the reader narrating the story. Children of all ages will enjoy this delightful Christmas tale about sharing and caring among unlikely friends.
The story actually begins on the title page; the beautifully illustrated two-page spread shows Little Mouse returning home with a sled full of packages. He lives in a hollow tree somewhere cold, because it has recently snowed and he's wearing a red coat with cap, and black snow boots. The narration begins on the next page, "Hello, little Mouse. I see you're ready for Christmas." The mouse, now tucked away in his cozy, little home is placing presents around a brilliantly decorated Christmas tree that's already loaded with gifts.
Turn the page, "My goodness! What a lot of presents. Are they all for you?" Now we see a proud little mouse presenting his mountain of gifts to the reader. Over the next few pages the narrator (that's you) reminds the Little Mouse about the Big, Hungry Bear who's all alone in the dark cave at the top of the hill. Little Mouse boards up his door, padlocks the gifts and places tacks all over the floor in an attempt to protect his belongings.Read more ›
If you are also a fan of the Woods' book, "The Little Mouse, the Big Hungry Bear, and the Red Ripe Strawberry" you will again be charmed by the Woods' animated and detailed drawings and happy-ending story in this sequel.
The little mouse lives in a mousehole furnished down to the last detail: there's a Christmas tree, loaves of bred in the kitchen, and a big stack of tacks by the door in case the Big Hungry Bear comes to steal the mouse's Christmas presents. But the mouse has a change of heart when he realizes the Big Hungry Bear never gets any presents of his own.
There's JUST the right amount of text per page to keep the story flowing, there's JUST the right blend of detail, sweetness, and humor in the drawings, there's JUST the right amount of excitement for, say, a 2 to 4 year old (it's not quite scary because the bear is never depicted, and actually proves to be a good and generous friend to the mouse).
For fans of the "Strawberry" book, note the strawberry-shaped bookends over the mouse's bed on the last page of the book. It's that kind of thoughtful touch that makes the Woods' books so great.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son loves this book so much. I really wish their had been more than two books in this seriesPublished 2 days ago by Sean Gjerde
Mouse is ready for Christmas. His tree is decorated, His presents are wrapped, his stocking is hung; he is ready for Santa to come. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stephanie Tiner
I bought this for my kids after they wore out the original story. They love this one as much as the original.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I ordered this as a present for my sister who is a teacher. She uses is in her classroom and along with the first Big Hungry Bear book.Published 5 months ago by Katie
My son's favorite book...we read it year-round. If you like the little mouse, the strawberry, and the big hungry bear, you'll love this one.Published 5 months ago by Disney World Diva
Cute book. It's not on par with the awesomeness of "The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear," but the illustrations continue to be charming and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by xyzMonkey