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- ISBN-13: 9780689869723
- ISBN-10: 068986972X
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
- Publish Date: October 2007
- Page Count: 32
- Reading Level: Ages 4-8
- Dimensions: 12.26 x 9.31 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.12 pounds
Bear's First Christmas by Robert Kinerk is a rhyming tale that's also set in the woods, far removed from holiday commercialism. A young bear awakens in winter and follows a sound, encountering animals along the waya crow, moose, pheasant and chicks. The group trudges through the snow to a house, where they peer through the window at a family enjoying Christmas. They watch for a while, then return to the woods and hibernate together in the bear's den. Jim LaMarche's acrylic and colored-pencil drawings are just realistic enough to make readers yearn to reach out and pat the young bear's thick coat of fur.
The bear awakens in spring and treks to new places, but he carries the memories of his friends forever. Bear's First Christmas ends with a perfect holiday message: "For each friend, though he roams from the others apart,/Carries with him, inside him, that glow in his heart."