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Snowbear's Christmas Countdown Hardcover – September 23, 2004
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2–On December 1, Snowbear begins his preparations for Christmas by making a wish list for Santa. Each of the next 24 days finds him engaged in a new activity–stringing lights, arranging his snow-globe collection, sending cards, making ornaments, wrapping presents, watching his favorite holiday movies. The simple text and appealing cut-paper collage illustrations provide a complete iconography for a warm-and-fuzzy celebration for this winning character and his animal friends.–V. W.
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PreS-Gr. 1. Expertly crafted cut-paper collages illustrate this simple roundup of holiday delights. Each page represents a day in December as Snowbear, a fuzzy white polar bear, prepares for the holidays and enjoys winter activities. On the first day he writes Santa; on the third day he hangs Christmas lights; and so on. There's plenty of playtime, too. On day ten he brings out his toy trains, and on day thirteen he sleds with his animal pals, who all join him on the twenty-fifth for presents and celebration. Skillfully combining textured and patterned papers, Smythe creates vivid, detailed scenes of Snowbear at work and play that capture both the joyful, energetic bustle and the deep coziness of the season, and his simple, direct words are just right for reading aloud. Merry and bright holiday fare that young children may want to return to throughout the year. Gillian Engberg
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What I like most about the book is that many of the activities, such as making ornaments or hanging a wreath, mirror what my sons have planned for December.
Here's another example that illustrates a lot can happen in 25 days, including an unplanned event: "On the 13th day he went sledding down the giant hill near his house. On the 14th day he caught a cold and had to stay in bed. On the 15th day he watched his favorite holiday movies and snuggled under the blankets."
In summary, if your child loves bears this is a good Christmas story to add to your bedtime story collection. Snowbear's Christmas Countdown is more charming than Bear Stays Up for Christmas, a pale sequel to the original Bear Snores On.
The college illustrations were really fun to look at and added a lot to this simple picture book. Also the concept of counting is introduced in the story. This book would be great for a preschool class to share around Christmas.
Yes I would recommend the book to others. It's a great book to share with your family on any day in December!