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Title:
The Berenstain bears save Christmas
Author:
Berenstain, Stan, 1923-2005.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, 2003.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
Thinking that the spirit of Christmas has been lost, Santa Bear disappears, until the Berenstain Bears show him that it still exists.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.6 0.5 73732.
ISBN:
9780060526702

9780060526719
Format :
Book

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Summary

Happy Holidays!Well, maybe not so happy as far as Mama Bear is concerned. She misses Christmas past, when her family gathered together around a little tree, with feelings of love and goodwill. But this year it seems as if everybody in Bear Country has gone Christmas-crazy -- fighting for the last toy on the shelf, jamming the roadways with honking cars, and covering Bear homes with enough Christmas lights to blot out the stars.Mama Bear isn't the only one who thinks this Christmas lacks the true holiday spirit. Someone is watching the Bears on his scanner-machine -- someone who knows more about Christmas than anyone and doesn't like what he sees one bit. It is Santa Bear, of course, and he's ready to take drastic action! Only the Berenstain Bears can change his mind, but will they be in time to save Christmas?Like the Bear family, Stan, Jan, and Mike Berenstain have the true Christmas spirit in their hearts, and they prove it with this merry holiday story.


Author Notes

Jan Berenstain was born Jan Grant on July 26, 1923 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She met Stan Berenstain on their first day of classes in 1941 at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art. During World War II, Stan served as a medical illustrator in an Army hospital and Jan worked as a draftswoman in the Army Corps of Engineers and as an aircraft riveter. They married in 1946 and together began drawing cartoons for the McCall's/Good Housekeeping All in the Family series. They worked on this feature from 1956 through 1990. They also published artwork in magazines like Colliers and the Saturday Evening Post.

The Big Honey Hunt, published in 1962, was their first book for children. This book, which was written for Dr. Seuss's Beginner Books series, was so popular that Dr. Seuss himself, Theodore Geisel, encouraged them to write more stories. His advice launched them on a life-career writing and illustrating the Berenstain Bears books.

The Berenstain Bears' New Baby, published in 1974, was the beginning of the First Time Books series. She wrote more than 300 books during her lifetime. The couple received numerous awards including the Children's Choice Award for The Berenstain Bears' New Neighbors in 1995 and the Ludington Award in 1989 for their work in children's literature. There have been television shows based on the Berenstain Bears books, as well as CD-ROMs and videos. She died after a stroke on February 24, 2012 at the age of 88.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

The Berenstain Bears may save Christmas, but even the Bears' best behavior does not breathe life into this overly long and plodding picture book. Much to the chagrin of Santa Bear, as well as wise Mama Bear, the holiday season in Bear Country has become a crass commercial competition, encouraging the "Christmas greedies." Santa's prepared to cancel the whole shebang until he witnesses Mama and her brood exhibiting genuine restraint, hospitality and goodwill. The clan's all here, but the Bear family's personalities remain oddly de-emphasized, in a rhyming text that often does not scan well. While the chestnut of a theme, er, bears repeating, Berenstain fans will likely miss the energetic humor, silliness (and even the sibling bickering) of previous outings. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-From e-mails he receives from cubs, and by observing on his scanner machine, Santa Bear concludes that Christmas has been ruined: families are rude and competitive and the "-Christmas greedies were spreading through the land." He sets out, incognito, to search for the true spirit of the season. Luckily, Mama Bear has already put the brakes on, and the Bear family has reformed when disguised Santa arrives. Once again, a moral imperative is pounded home in the Berenstains' familiar, formulaic way. Problems of the overlong text, the meter that doesn't scan, and the canned illustrations will hardly matter to the Bears' many fans.-S. P. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.