SANTA AND THE THREE BEARS by Dominic Catalano

SANTA AND THE THREE BEARS

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Age Range: 3 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

Original Christmas stories don’t grow on pine trees, but this story of Papa, Mama, and Baby (Polar) Bear trying out the food, chairs, and bed in a cozy cottage at the North Pole strikes a balance that is just right. Santa is off making deliveries and Mrs. Claus and her three politically correct elves (an Asian girl, an African-American boy, and a redheaded boy) are out fetching a Christmas tree when down from the snowy hills come three playful polar bears that reprise Goldilocks’s antics. When Mrs. Claus and the elves find the bears asleep in bed, the sharp-nosed Mrs. Claus strongly suggests that these bears better help clean up their mess instead of running out the door. They all work together to tidy up the cottage before welcoming Santa Claus back for a late Christmas Eve celebration. The elves and Mr. and Mrs. Claus even manage some gifts from the heart for their unexpected visitors. Catalano (Frog Went a-Courtin’, 1998) has a particular fondness for polar bears that is apparent in his charming illustrations, with evocative expressions on the bears’ faces and believable body positions even for unusual polar-bear behavior, such as carrying a tray of cookies or putting the star on top of the Christmas tree. This large-format book is thoughtfully designed using two-page spreads with bold, clear illustrations of the bears and the other characters, complementing a story that clearly and cleverly parallels the Goldilocks tale. A satisfying sugarplum for holiday story times with a wide range of children, from preschoolers through second graders. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2000
ISBN: 1-56397-864-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Boyds Mills
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2000




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