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.)[Page 55]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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[Page 98]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.