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SANTA CLAUS AND THE THREE BEARS

Author: Maria Modugno

Illustrator: Jane Dyer and Brooke Dyer

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Publisher: Harper, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: The three bears are getting ready for Christmas. Mama Bear just served everyone their Christmas pudding, but it is too hot. While the family goes out to look at the Christmas lights, Santa drops by to deliver their presents. Will he be able to get back to the North Pole before the bears see him? This seasonal story is close, but not exactly, like Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, remedial reader, transitional reader

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 7; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 2 to 8

Reading Level: 3.8

Age of Child: Read by an 11-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our young reader liked the originality of the story. She liked to compare the parts she "knew" from Goldilocks and the Three Bears and compare them to this one. She fell in love with Baby Bear right away and laughed about him being "in the way."

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a sweet, adorable story, and one I would definitely consider adding to our personal holiday book library. The author not only does a great job of weaving in Christmas, but giving the story fresh ideas and twists. I like the suspense at the end when you don't know what gifts Santa left for the bears.

Pros: Young readers will love this seasonal re-telling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is playful.

Cons: None!

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a wonderful addition to your own Christmas library or an Advent gift for a young reader.

If You Liked This Book, Try: HERSHEL AND THE HANUKKAH GOBLINS   LITTLE WHISTLE'S CHRISTMAS   THE LITTLE RED ELF

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, fairy tale, Christmas

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2014

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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