Monday, 18 December 2017

Bear-y Christmas! Four Festive Picture Books Featuring Bears

We're coming towards the end of Book Advent now and as we've worked through the big pile of wintery, Christmassy books I'd amassed I've noticed a little sub-theme emerging - bears! There seem to be quite a few festive books featuring bears (teddy or actual) as their protagonists. I've written before about 'A Letter For Bear' (have I mentioned I love that book?) but as there are quite a few beary books in my collection, I thought I'd talk about four others we've read this month.


'Snow Bear' by Tony Mitton and Alison Brown




Not technically a Christmas book, but it has a strong seasonal feel to it. This is the story of a little bear who can't find shelter on a snowy night - until he finds a little house, where a girl lives alone. It's a really simple but beautiful story of friendship which will give you a warm glow inside. The illustrations are just lovely too - the snow bear is so endearing and the little house is so inviting. This is a perfect story for snuggling up together on a chilly evening.

'Teddy Bear Postman' by Phoebe and Selby Worthington




This book belonged to my husband when he was little. To be honest, there isn't much to it - it's a very basic story of a bear postman delivering gifts and cards on Christmas Eve. It also stops quite abruptly with him hanging up his stocking. It does have an old-fashioned charm to it, though, and the illustrations are detailed but child-friendly. It's an interesting book to compare against modern picture books, and actually my daughter used to really like it when she was around 3, so maybe I'm missing something!

'Sam's Snowflake' by Gillian Shields and Rosie Reeve




In this sweet story, Sam's father goes out to fetch a Christmas surprise while he helps his mother with all the preparations for the day. But Dad is out for longer than they expect and Sam begins to worry. He makes a snowflake to hang in his window in the hope it will bring his Dad home. It's quite an emotional little story, perhaps not best suited to some families, but it does have a happy ending thankfully! I half suspect Dad nipped off to the pub to avoid all the other Christmas jobs though ...

'Mr Grizzly's Christmas' by Maggie Kneen




This is a real charmer of the book. Mr Grizzly, the bookshop owner, hates Christmas - especially now a sweet shop has opened up next door and there are sticky cubs everywhere. But one day an encounter with a not-sticky cubs starts to melt his heart and he learns to embrace the joy not only of Christmas, but of children too. As well as having a very sweet, Christmas-Carol-esque story, the illustration in this book are just exquisite and so detailed. Also, every page has pop-up parts or flaps to peek under, making it a really good book to read with children of different ages. Eleanor (5) can appreciate the message of the story while Ezra (1) enjoys lifting the flaps!

Do you know of any other bear-y Christmas books? I'd love to hear any recommendations!

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15 comments:

  1. I love the look of Mr Grizzly's Christmas :o)

    After a quick look on Story Snug I found Is It Christmas Yet? and I've Seen Santa but my favourite book including a bear at Christmas is Herman's Letter by Tom Percival. Although not specifically a Christmas story it does have a lovely Christmas scene in it and I think of it as a Christmas book :o)

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    1. I really recommend Mr Grizzly's Christmas, it's very charming! I love the sound of Herman's Letter, nice to find books that work for Christmas but can be read at other times too.

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  2. Ooh lots!

    How about "A Christmas for Bear": https://readitdaddy.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/booky-advent-calendar-day-3-christmas.html

    Or "When will it snow?"

    https://readitdaddy.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/christmas-is-coming-and-even-little.html

    The Best Christmas Present Ever: https://readitdaddy.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/booky-advent-calendar-day-23-best.html

    Is It Christmas Yet? https://readitdaddy.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/booky-advent-calendar-day-9-is-it.html

    Dear Santa: https://readitdaddy.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/dear-santa-by-kathryn-white-and-polona.html

    Merry Christmas Hugless Douglas: https://readitdaddy.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/booky-advent-calendar-2017-day-12-merry.html

    Waiting for Santa: https://readitdaddy.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/booky-advent-calendar-day-10-waiting.html

    Jolly Snow!: https://readitdaddy.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/jolly-snow-by-jane-hissey-scribblers.html

    Phew! Didn't realise there were quite so many! Awesome blog post!

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    1. Goodness, there's probably enough for a Bear Book Advent! Oh no, I've given myself an idea for next year ... I'm kicking myself that I forgot we have a copy of Jolly Snow I could've included in our Book Advent, it's in the loft somewhere. I've always loved Jane Hissey's work.

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  3. Some lovely choices, bears are just some inviting characters. Thank you for linking with #readwithme

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  4. The illustrations in Mr Grizzly's Christmas look beautiful. It's interesting to hear that the book from your husband's childhood was a bit boring! I suspected that the picture books the kids have now were better than the ones I had as a child.

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    1. Yes I find it interesting comparing picture books from a few decades ago to the ones we have now - so much variety these days, better storylines, exciting illustrations. I'm glad I get to read them all with my two!

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  5. I can't believe I've never heard of any of these! They look lovely though. #KLTR

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    1. Most of them were gifts to us so I probably wouldn't have come across them otherwise. But they are all very sweet books!

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  6. I haven't seen any of these! I will definitely have to check them out as I am always on the look out for new books #KLTR

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    1. All but one of them were gifts to us otherwise I'd probably never have heard of them either! They're all very sweet though!

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  7. These sound a lovely selection. I'm sure I should know some bear Xmas titles, but I can't think of one right now #readwithme

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  8. What adorable books! They would be perfect for winter time and make it seem more fun that it usually is! ha!

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  9. There are some wonderful Christmas books out there and I thoroughly enjoyed reading them with my children this year. We have Sam's Snowflake too - it's lovely isn't it? Thanks for linking up to #KLTR

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