A small bear with a big heart makes the holiday merry and bright for his family in
Chen's (On My Way to Buy Eggs) tenderhearted tale featuring mixed-media illustrations
as sublimely sweet as sugarplums. Little Bear intuitively knows that with his father
out of work there will be no gifts this Christmas. But unbeknownst to his siblings and parents (though eagle-eye readers will spot the visual clues), the cub sets about acquiring the kind of thoughtful
presents --believed to be from Santa--that make the Bears' holiday shine with love.
The perfect pairing of message and image is truly a holiday treat.
Publishers Weekly, starred Review
This is a particularly handsome book: the paper is thick; the illustrations are moving,
with much of the impact coming from the arresting design and the characters' body
language; even the typeface, looking as if it came from a typewriter, is unique.
Not the usual holiday story, this catches the spirit in its own special way.
The minimalist illustrations in a subdued palette convey the sadness of the parents,
the hope of the children and the pleasure experienced in simple gifts.