HENRY BEAR’S CHRISTMAS by David McPhail

HENRY BEAR’S CHRISTMAS

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Age Range: 5 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The characters from Henry Bear’s Park (1976) return for a Christmas adventure that centers on a raffle to win a perfectly shaped Christmas tree. Henry wants to win the raffle; his friend Stanley the raccoon wants to buy a scraggly, inexpensive tree. Henry and Stanley spend all their funds (including their grocery money) on raffle tickets, and Henry actually holds the winning ticket, but he loses the prize tree because he’s off eating doughnuts at the time of the drawing. They end up with the scrawny tree after all, given to them because no one else wants it, and the little tree looks just fine when decorated. Momma Bear brings them a basket of goodies to eat, so their holiday celebration is a simple but happy one. McPhail’s charming illustrations in pen-and-ink with watercolor are filled with old-fashioned details and amusing expressions on the faces of the two best friends. The subtle message of the futility of chasing after a perfect Christmas tree has wider implications, contrasting well with the pair’s firm friendship and their quiet, meaningful holiday. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-689-82198-0
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Atheneum
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2003




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