Bear Stays Up
October 5, 2004
Margaret K. McElderry • lllustrations by Jane Chapman
ISBN-10: 0689852789 • ISBN-13: 978-0689852787

Suggested ages for this book:
Ages 4-8 is suggested level, but as with all my bear books babies and toddlers also benefit from the rhyme and repeating phrases.

 

The day before Christmas,
snuggled on his floor,
Bear sleep soundly
with a great big snore.

"Dear Bear, GET UP!"
Mouse shouts in his ear.
"We won't let you sleep
through Christmas this year."

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Bear Stays UpI wrote Bear Stays Up for Christmas to celebrate “giving” and “friendship”. Bear’s friends want to give Bear the gift of his first Christmas. Bear has never been able to stay awake long enough to enjoy Christmas, but this year Bear’s woodland friends are determined he won’t miss the important holiday. They keep bear busy and barely awake by having him pick out a Christmas tree, make decorations for the lair, bake a fruitcake, hang stockings, and sing Christmas carols. Rhyme, rhythm, alliteration galore, and the repeated phrase, “But the Bear stays up,” keep kids interested right up to the surprise ending.  While the emphasis on this tale is giving, not receiving, there is a small guest appearance from that jolly fellow with the red suit and white beard. 

 

 

“This duo's latest Bear book sustains the sweetness and humor of its predecessors (Bear Snores On; Bear Wants More) via rhyming, read-aloud-ready text and soft acrylic scenes of the cuddly creatures and wintry landscapes.”
—Publisher’s Weekly, 2004

“This is an exuberant tale of friendship and perseverance, and holiday storytimes will be the brighter for it.”
—School Library Journal, 2004

“The rollicking rhyming text is punctuated with the regular refrain of "but the bear stays up," which will surely be chanted gleefully by children listening to this story.”
—Kirkus Reviews, 2004

 

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