Reviews for Rabbit and the Bear : A Christmas Tale


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring
A bear deep in winter sleep is dreaming of the Nativity when a rabbit running from hunters jumps into his cave. They discuss the bear's dream, with the rabbit supplying a short interpretation of the Christmas story. Soft watercolors mostly in shades of blue, white, gray, and brown illustrate this subdued and sentimental tale. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2007 October #4

In yet another case of hibernation-interruptus at Christmas (see Bear's First Christmas and Hanna Bear's Christmas ), a rabbit on the run from hunters serves as an unexpected alarm clock for a sleeping bear. This time, the ursine napper wakes up from a glorious dream of the first Christmas--which the bear has never heard of before. The new friends soon turn the tables on their startled pursuers and fashion their own holiday celebration. Though the text's Christmas angle feels a bit forced, soft-edged watercolors in wintry grays, whites and blues help convey a sense of mystery, wonder and triumph. Ages 3-up. (Oct.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2007 October

PreS-Gr 2 -A rabbit running from hunters on Christmas Eve falls into a cave inhabited by a hibernating bear. The bear awakes and tells him about the dream he was having, a dream that the rabbit recognizes as the Nativity story. The animals agree that Christmas Eve is no time for hunting, and the bear scares the hunters away. The watercolor illustrations are as soft and gentle as the story's somewhat didactic theme. A little long and quiet for storytimes, this picture book might be appreciated by families looking for holiday stories that celebrate peace.-Virginia Walter, University of California, Los Angeles

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