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Christmas is coming, and there's a lot to be done – from baking cookies to sending out cards to decorating the tree. Ma, Pa, and their seven cubs take their preparations most seriously, for on Christmas Eve, Pa has a very important job to do. He loads the toys from his workshop into a sleigh and takes off to deliver them all over the world! And delightful endpapers show where the family's friends, such as the spectacled bear, snowy owl, and reindeer, live throughout the world.
With a simple, joyful rhyming text and her signature warm, detailed illustrations, Chris Conover celebrates the happy anticipation of Christmas that makes the season so wonderful.
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CHRIS CONOVER is the author and illustrator of many books, including The Lion's Share and Over the Hills & Far Away, an IRA-CBC Children's Choice. She lives in New York City.From Booklist:
In this charming holiday tale, Santa is a bear whose seven cubs, all representing diverse species, help him prepare for Christmas. First the cubs make cookies and cards, then they try toys in Pa’s workshop, and finally the family enjoys an outdoor Christmas Eve dinner with friends before Pa dons his Santa gear and leaves with his sleigh to deliver toys. At home, the little bears and Mama decorate their tree before bedtime. A cub describes the excitement when they wake the next morning: “We jump up with a whoop and a shout—Merry Christmas!” Bouncy rhyming couplets recount the festivities, which are portrayed in the colorful, intricately patterned illustrations. Infused with festive greens and reds, the pictures, including many wordless spreads, depict the bears engaged in holiday activities kids will recognize and in appealing settings, from a homey cabin to the wintry outdoors under a starry sky. An endearing, sepia-toned family portrait of the bears starts things off, and a map showing bear species’ natural habitats around the world appears on the endpapers. Preschool-Grade 2. --Shelle Rosenfeld
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Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110374332754
Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 2008. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0374332754
Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 2008. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0374332754