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Author: Ian Beck

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Publisher: Scholastic Inc.,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Lily wants her bear Teddy to enjoy the snowy day at the window, while she plays outside. Teddy's bounce off the ledge sends him on great adventures of his own and he gets to play outside, too. As darkness falls and it begins to snow heavily, Teddy gets lost in the snow. Will Lily be able to find him? Or will someone else come along and save the day? This story weaves friendship and love, adventure and magic into a beautiful tale.

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

Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 5; read yourself: 5 to 8

Interest Level: 1 to 7

Age of Child: Started reading with child 2 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: This was an instant hit. S/He asked for four or five readings in succession after the first one. It didn't take long for her to begin making all of the sounds that Teddy did: zooming on the snowboard; whee-ing across the icy pond; and sounding out the crunch of the snow.

Adult Reader Reaction: There are plenty of sounds to make and fun to share with Teddy. The activity and magic of Christmas make up for the so-so illustrations.

Pros: There's a hint of Santa, without him taking over the story. This also will be useful as an early-reader holiday book.

Cons: None, really. The illustrations don't do the story (or Lily) justice.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a story that will last several years.

If You Liked This Book, Try: Maisy's Snowy Christmas Eve. MAISY's SNOWY CHRISTMAS EVE   SNOWMEN AT NIGHT   THE SNOWMAN (activity book)

Educational Themes: The story has value on several levels: it is about the come-to-life love between a child and a favorite toy; the magic of Christmas and Santa; the thrill of going on an adventure; and the importance (for little ones) of knowing that someone will always be

Literary Categories: Fiction - Christmas, animal characters, picture book, seasons

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2003

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