Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Review: The Bear Who Didn't Want to Miss Christmas by Marie Tibi

by Marie Tibi
Illustrated by Fabien Ockto Lambert
Sterling Children's Books
Picture Book, Holiday
ages 6 to 10
40 pages

Poor little bear! He’s supposed to hibernate—but if he does, he’ll sleep right through Christmas! What can he do?

Winter is coming, and it’s time for little bear to settle in for his long cold-weather nap. But that means he won’t get to celebrate Christmas with his woodland friends, and he’s very sad. Can his pals find a clever way to help him join in the fun? This heartwarming, holiday picture book captures the festive spirit of the holiday and the beauty of friendship.


This inspiring tale is a perfect read to snuggle into the holiday spirit.

Everyone is excited about Christmas except Little Bear. Every year, he watches his friends prepare themselves for the holidays and grow excited about the approaching fun. He'd love to experience Christmas too, but he needs to hibernate. Luckily, his friends might have an idea, which could solve his problems.

The idea of never getting to experience Christmas will automatically pull at young readers/listeners' heartstrings and make them sympathize with Little Bear. But even without this, he is a super cute character, who is easy to like. His group of friends are a lively, happy group. Each one is presented right away on the first page with their names below them, so readers can easily keep them apart. They cover a wide range of forest animals—kids are sure to find their own favorites. The bond of friendship between the group spills off of every page and is sure to leave a smile.

The illustrations are full and lovingly done with little details and small dabs of humor thrown in. The characters' emotions are easy to guess, and the situations simple to follow. It's the kind of book that kids can pick up later on their own, and see the story unfolding as they flip through the pages on their own.

This is a heart-warming tale, which fits the pre-holiday season perfectly. Not only does it give a sprinkle of Christmas cheer, but shares the warmth and kindness of what friendship is all about.

And here they are. . .

The Author. . .

Marie Tibi worked in education before becoming a children's book writer. Her previous books, published in Frnace, include La Petite Poule Moustachue, Mimi La Petite Croche, and Le Grand Petit Explorateur.
The Illustrator. . .

Fabien Lambert is a graphic designer, illustrator, and writer of children's books. He lives in Nantes, France. 

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