Cover image for Henry Bear's Christmas
Title:
Henry Bear's Christmas
Author:
McPhail, David, 1940-
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2003.
Physical Description:
40 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Summary:
Henry Bear is determined to win the raffle for the perfect Christmas tree so he will not even consider his friend Stanley's choice of trees.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.2 0.5 73494.
ISBN:
9780689821981
Format :
Book

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Henry Bear loves everything about Christmas, but most of all he loves having a fine tree, beautifully decorated, with presents underneath and good friends all around. However, when Henry Bear and his best friend, Stanley, head off to town to find the perfect tree, nothing at the farm stand or at the school yard meets Henry's approval. No, the only tree perfect enough for Henry is the one being raffled off by the church. Henry is positive that the tree is meant to be his -- so positive that he spends all of his money buying raffle tickets, but Stanley is worried. What will they do if they don't win the raffle?More than twenty-five years after first introducing Henry Bear to children everywhere with Henry Bear's Park, acclaimed illustrator David McPhail returns once again to Henry Bear's world with an endearing new story about the true meaning of Christmas.


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Booklist Review

K-Gr. 2. McPhail's familiar cross-hatching technique is ideal for this generous-hearted, old-fashioned holiday tale about true friendship. Henry Bear likes everything about Christmas, a special time of love and warmth and good cheer, but his favorite activity is looking for a tree--the perfect tree --for the home he shares with his raccoon buddy, Stanley. At the school-yard lot, Stanley finds a small, scraggly tree that tugs at his heart; Henry, however, has another one in mind: a tree being raffled off. Convinced he's meant to win, Henry spends all of his money on raffle tickets, but he's not present when his ticket is pulled, and so the tree goes to someone else. Then he learns that dear Stanley, in a gesture befitting the season, spent the grocery money on raffle tickets. McPhail's winning combination of individualized human and animal characters is particularly winning here as the characters move smoothly from frosty outdoor landscapes to cozy indoor scenes. The last scene is the best: the animal friends happily eat Christmas supper brought over by Mama Bear beside their small, scraggly, but ever so beautifully decorated tree. --Stephanie Zvirin Copyright 2003 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

David McPhail's cub protagonist returns in Henry Bear's Christmas. As Henry and his friend Stanley search for the perfect tree, they stumble upon the meaning of Christmas. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Henry Bear's favorite thing about Christmas is the tree, but finding one that meets his high standards is a challenge. After rejecting his friend Stanley's choice, he learns that the church is raffling off a beauty and he spends all of his tree money on tickets. Then he runs to the doughnut shop for cocoa, and he isn't there to claim his prize when his number is drawn. Rather than being disappointed, the friends make do with the scrawny tree that Stanley has favored all along. McPhail's storytelling skill is well matched by his glowing pen, ink, and watercolor artwork. Wintry scenes harken back to a simpler time when knickers, vests, and caps were in fashion. The facial expressions of even the most minor characters are so revealing of an emotional inner life that it seems not at all fantastical for animals and humans to be interacting in the same little village. Suitable for reading aloud, this endearing picture book stresses the nonmaterial joys of the season.-L. I. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.