IS IT CHRISTMAS? by John Prater

IS IT CHRISTMAS?

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Age Range: 2 - 5
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Roly-poly, golden-brown Baby Bear lives with Grandbear (who could be either a grandmother or grandfather bear) in a cozy home with all the accoutrements of modern life. Together they prepare for the arrival of Christmas: making cards, cleaning, baking, finding a Christmas tree, and decorating the tree and house, with time off to play in the snow together, creating a snow bear with sticks for claws. Grandbear explains each step to Baby Bear, who impatiently awaits the big day. The pair enjoys a fireside picnic on Christmas Eve, and the story ends with all the bear relatives arriving on Christmas morning. Prater’s bears are expressive and delightful, especially in the snow scene with Grandbear serving as a sled for Baby Bear. There isn’t much plot here outside the steps of getting ready for the holiday, but parents may find this useful to introduce toddlers and younger preschoolers to the concept of preparing for Christmas gradually. (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-7641-5668-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Barron's
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2003




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