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A Christmas for Bear, Bonny Becker ; illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

Label
A Christmas for Bear
Title
A Christmas for Bear
Statement of responsibility
Bonny Becker ; illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton
Creator
Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Celebrating Christmas for the first time, Bear and his friend Mouse have a party, but whenever Bear comes back from the kitchen with more treats Mouse has vanished in search of a present
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Tone
Character
Illustration
Review
  • PreS-Gr 1—Becker and Denton team up once again for a holiday episode that sweetly acknowledges how the friendship between Bear and Mouse has grown from their first meeting in A Visitor for Bear and the multiple titles since then. The watercolor, ink, and gouache illustrations remain consistent, as does Bear's and Mouse's routines. Bear, committed to propriety and insistent that Christmas be all about poetry and pickles, is repeatedly foiled by the "small and gray and bright-eyed" Mouse and his ability to disappear from a room, this time to look for presents. He is as effervescent as ever and only subdued when Bear seems unlikely to waver from his oratory plans. However, Bear, doubling down on his curmudgeonly ways with comically pointed and increasingly louder hints to Mouse, makes the Christmas magic reveal even more of a surprise. VERDICT The warm and playful use of the familiar story structure and characters make for a read-aloud that will add smiles to the holiday.—Joanna Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library --Joanna Fabicon (Reviewed 10/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 10, p62)
  • Bear is hosting his first-ever Christmas party in this addition to the Bear and Mouse series, but while he believes that “Christmas pickles” are the most important element of a successful party, Mouse is preoccupied with presents for some reason. Tension builds as Mouse keeps darting off, trying to find the gift he believes must be hidden somewhere in Bear’s house, testing his friend’s patience. Both text and art will draw smiles as this awkward holiday gathering unfolds, and especially as Bear’s frosty temperament begins to thaw. And, yes, presents—not just pickles—are eventually exchanged. Ages 5–9. Author’s agent: Edward Necarsulmer IV, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed 09/04/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 36, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ In their sixth adventure together, best friends Bear and Mouse celebrate Christmas with pickles, a poem, and presents. Bear invites Mouse to their first-ever Christmas party, although Bear knows only what he's read about how Christmas is celebrated. He announces that eating pickles and "reading a long and difficult poem" ("A Visit from St. Nicholas") should be enough for their party, but Mouse is most interested in the possibility of presents. Grumpy Bear pretends to reject the notion: "Monstrous assumption!" Ever hopeful, Mouse repeatedly escapes from Bear to search the house for gifts, finally locating his Christmas stocking with a tiny telescope tucked inside. Taking the telescope outside to view the night sky leads to a search for Bear's present, a huge sled that Mouse has somehow hidden under a snow-covered tree. In a satisfying conclusion, Bear and Mouse gleefully sled down a hill "under the shining stars of Christmas." Bear's curmudgeonly personality and Mouse's cheerful antics provide droll humor conveyed with polished comedic pacing and clever phrases such as "a mournful bite of pickle." Soft-focus illustrations in watercolor, ink, and gouache are particularly strong in the subtle expressions on the animal faces as well as in meeting the design challenge of including a huge bear and a tiny mouse in one environment. Another appealing adventure for this delightful duo, just right for a Christmas Eve storytime, perhaps enjoyed with a plate of pickles. (Picture book. 3-7)(Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2017)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10576784
Cataloging source
T7B
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Becker, Bonny
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • AD560L
  • Decoding demand: 89 (very high)
  • Semantic demand: 87 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 65 (high)
  • Structure demand: 81 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
LG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 1
Reading level
2.6
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Denton, Kady MacDonald
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Bear and Mouse
Series volume
0006
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Gifts
  • Friendship
  • Christmas
  • Bears
  • Friendship
  • JUVENILE FICTION
  • JUVENILE FICTION
  • JUVENILE FICTION
  • Christmas stories
  • Friendship
  • Gifts
Target audience
juvenile
Label
A Christmas for Bear, Bonny Becker ; illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1882125
Dimensions
25 x 28 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780763649234
Lccn
2017953746
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780763649234
  • (OCoLC)1003322091
Label
A Christmas for Bear, Bonny Becker ; illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1882125
Dimensions
25 x 28 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780763649234
Lccn
2017953746
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780763649234
  • (OCoLC)1003322091

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