- File Size: 2845 KB
- Print Length: 55 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: James R Milson; 1 edition (November 23, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 23, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N68A9VN
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,917,672 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Pine Holler Christmas: A Little Red Bear Story Kindle Edition
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What do bears build after it snows? Snowbears, of course! This charming tale begins on a December morning after a fierce “Blue Norther” has covered the Ozarks Mountains countryside with a thick blanket of snow. Little Red Bear and his younger bear buddy, Cinnamon Charlie, express their delight by proceeding to build a snowbear.
But Christmas is coming in just a few days. Cinnamon Charlie concocts a brilliant idea, a unique way to bring a merry Christmas to all of the area wildlife – squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, raccoons, possums, foxes, deer, elk, songbirds, water birds, vultures, osprey, eagles, owls, badgers, wolverines, weasels, and even mice – including a very lonely pine tree named Lolly, who is the only large pine tree left standing in the woods due to years of human logging.
Cinnamon Charlie’s idea becomes a gigantic project, involving the formulation of detailed plans, procurement tasks, and logistical maneuverings. The successful completion of the project requires an extraordinary degree of determination, persistence, and perseverance. The bears’ surmounting of obstacles and pitfalls along the way become lessons in efficiency, organization, and pragmatism.
Throughout the story, the reader learns a great deal about the diets and habits of the various species that inhabit the Ozarks woodlands. The bears must derive solutions that will satisfy each and every animal and bird and ensure peace and harmony among them. For instance, part of the bears’ task is to arbitrate relationships between the owls and the mice.
The energy builds into a delightful Christmas event that fills the reader’s heart with wonder, invoking warm feelings of peace, love, and gratitude. And there are humans involved in the event as well!
But “Pine Holler Christmas” is more than just a story. Little Red Bear is an extraordinarily wise bear and teaches Cinnamon Charlie about the way life should be – how animals (and humans) should treat each other, the value of having individual respect for one another, and the importance in putting oneself in another’s shoes. Little Red Bear explains about the human ego and how E.G.O. has sometimes been described as standing for “Edging God Out”.
As the “action” part of the plot concludes, the most significant part of the story begins. Little Red Bear teaches Cinnamon Charlie about the true meaning of Christmas – transcendent love, open-hearted generosity, and the nature of giving just for the sake of giving, with no thought of return. Little Red Bear’s philosophy about giving is “… when you give in life, it has a way of coming back to you.”
Best of all, Little Red Bear explains Santa Claus to Cinnamon Charlie.
Cinnamon Charlie at first struggles with Little Red Bear’s description of Santa Claus. Bit by bit, however, he learns how to pronounce Santa’s name, what Santa does on Christmas Eve, and why he does it.
Among the many profound philosophical truths presented by Little Red Bear, perhaps the truest and most inspirational is his rendition on where Santa Claus lives. And that will remain a mystery until you read the story!
Pine Holler Christmas is available in both Kindle and ebook format at http://amzn.to/2gAavLI.
Little Red Bear and Cinnamon Charlie were first introduced in “The Adventures of Little Red Bear”, available at http://amzn.to/2gtT0Yt, a fun and refreshing collection of stories set in the Ozark Mountains, the same setting where “Pine Holler Christmas” takes place. All of these stories are filled with illustrations of kindness, helping others, and developing positive attitudes. You will enjoy these delightful and suspenseful tales and find them full of interesting information about nature, the outdoors, and environmental conservation.