Reviews for Three Bears' Christmas


Booklist Reviews 2005 September #1
/*Starred Review*/ PreS-K. The old favorite gets wrapped in a Christmas bow, with excellent results. It's Christmas Eve, and all through the house, the Bear family is getting ready. Mama Bear has just made gingerbread, but it's too hot to eat, so the family takes a walk outside in the snowy forest. When they return, why, someone has been eating the gingerbread--and gobbled it all up! The visitor sat in the chairs, too, and broke one. And sure enough, someone tried out all the beds--and left a red coat draped on the baby bear's bed. Someone also left presents under the tree. The bears run out to see a coatless Santa waving from his sleigh. The artwork is utterly childlike, with sturdy, stocky bear figures unambiguously investigating the whereabouts of their visitor. But there are also some magical scenes, especially when the family walks in the woods. Snow-crusted fir trees ring their cabin, and stars twinkle against a midnight sky (sharp-eyed children can see the tiniest hint of a sleigh). The enchantment of the outdoor spreads, where sounds are as important as sights, juxtaposes neatly against the mysteries the bears find when they return home. ((Reviewed September 1, 2005)) Copyright 2005 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Spring
In this takeoff on the familiar tale, Santa plays Goldilocks. On Christmas Eve, Mama Bear bakes three gingerbread bears, but they are too hot to eat, so the family takes a walk. When they return, "'Someone nibbled my gingerbread!'"--and the story begins to run the Goldilocks gamut. Bright acrylic paintings featuring flannel-garbed bears provide an atmosphere of comfort and warmth. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2005 #6
In this takeoff on the familiar tale, Santa (in a clever bit of casting) plays Goldilocks. On Christmas Eve, Mama Bear bakes three gingerbread bears, but they are too hot to eat, so the family takes a walk in the woods. When they return, "'Someone nibbled my gingerbread!' said Papa" -- and the story begins to run the Goldilocks gamut, with Santa testing chairs and then beds. The logic begins to breaks down, however, when Santa drops articles of clothing -- mittens, hat, boots, coat -- as clues to his whereabouts. In the end, Santa is glimpsed flying away in his sleigh, presumably in his long underwear. Bright acrylic paintings featuring a cozy cottage and flannel-garbed bears provide an atmosphere of comfort and warmth. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2005 November #1
It's Christmas Eve at the house of the Three Bears in their little cabin in the woods. They go out for a walk so their gingerbread bears can cool, and on their return-surprise! Someone has nibbled the gingerbread, sat in the chairs (breaking Baby Bear's) and rumpled all the beds, leaving items of red clothing scattered behind. But this time there is no one asleep in Baby Bear's bed, because as the bears make their discoveries, the intruder has been busy stuffing their stockings and leaving presents under their tree (including a new chair for Baby Bear). The bears run outside just in time to see Santa flying off in his sleigh in his long undies, and readers will have to hope that Santa keeps an extra outfit in the back of the sleigh. The text follows the structure of the traditional story with plenty of clues so that preschoolers can figure out who the bears' uninvited guest might be. Meisel's paintings use simple shapes and bright, holiday colors with a folk-art flair, especially in the outdoor scenes with deep-blue skies and snowy trees. Preschool teachers will want to add this holiday version of "The Three Bears" to their repertoire of "just-right" tales for holiday story times. (Picture book. 2-6) Copyright Kirkus 2005 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2005 September #4
Move over, Goldilocks. On Christmas Eve, a certain ursine trio takes a stroll and discovers a very different intruder in The Three Bears' Christmas by Kathy Duval, illus. by Paul Meisel. " `Someone rumpled my bed!' said Papa. `Someone rumpled my bed too,' said Mama. `Someone in a big hurry rumpled my bed,' said Baby Bear, `and forgot a red coat!' " Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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