BUZZY BEAR'S WINTER PARTY by Dorothy Marino

BUZZY BEAR'S WINTER PARTY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A pleasant conceit--Buzzy wants to stay awake to see the snow--doesn't develop into much of a story, but Buzzy is always good company (and a good example). As the flakes fall, he tries to catch them; when the snow is deeper, he and Mama make a snow bear. A bird tells him it's hard to find food, so he rigs up a tree with baskets for all the birds, then adds provender for the small animals. ""The birds and little animals are having a winter party,"" he tells Mother Bear. ""I want to fix a winter party to surprise Daddy."" He chops down a pine, decorates it with cranberries and cookies, and when a big snow bear--Daddy encrusted--arrives with presents, the three have a small celebration...until Buzzy falls asleep dreaming he's a small snow bear--and doesn't wake up until spring. Fewer entanglements than usual make this a straight approximation of Christmas in the woods, and we're not sure we like the idea of equating the holiday (never named) with a ""winter party."" But it does score, as usual, on unassuming warmth.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1967
Publisher: Watts