Henrietta Stickland The Christmas Bear

ISBN 13: 9780140564556

The Christmas Bear

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9780140564556: The Christmas Bear

It's Christmas Eve, and Cub has fallen through a hole in the North Pole and landed smack in the middle of Santa's workshop. The elves are busy making toys, wrapping presents, and addressing packages, so Cub is treated to a tour of the workshop led by none other than Santa himself! At the end of the night, there's a special surprise in store for Cub -- he gets to go for a ride on Santa's sleigh. " Paul Stickland's extravagant paintings infuse this tale...with magic and wonder." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

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From Kirkus Reviews:

Alice-like, the polar bear cub slips into a hole in the snow--and falls down, down into Santa's book-lined, toy-bedecked office. The kindly gentleman remarks, ``You must be answering my ad,'' and shows him around: mailroom (Cub's not eligible for a job here--he knows only one language), workshop (``every kind of toy in the world,'' but it's a benign lot compared to most stores), ``the North Pole itself'' (a fantastic electric generator), testing room, wrapping room, etc. Tour complete, Santa admits that he always knew Cub's parents would want him back and takes him home with a special present--this book. It's familiar territory, but elaborated with unusual good humor and imagination; kids are sure to enjoy the multitudinous, brightly colored details on the large, square pages bordered with shiny stars. An inviting book that satisfies to the end, when Cub curls up cozily with his parents and his new treasure. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

From Booklist:

Ages 4-7. The art's the thing here, and there's so much to see that children will want to pore over this before and after Christmas. The hook on which the story hangs is the tumble of a curious polar bear right through a hole in the snow into Santa's study. Santa takes Cub on a tour of the property, and this is what readers will enjoy. The panoramic two-page spreads and individual panels begin at the top of the world and continue through the workshops, into the kitchen and the wrapping room (where long, colorful sheets of paper hang from the ceiling), and off to the barn. Best of all is the toy storage room. Dolls, bears, trucks, tops, robots--of every conceivable shape and size--fill the gigantic space. Talk about a kid in a candy store! Readers can plan their Christmas gifts 10 times over. There's no real story to speak of, and in the end, not surprisingly, Cub gets a ride home in the sleigh. But this is a delight to look at, like a Christmas tree sparkling with lights. Ilene Cooper

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