December 22, 2015

little bear's christmas

Hello sweet holiday elves! How's everyone doing? Anyone freaking out? I've got most everything wrapped - now the cooking begins. I really wanted to pop in this week and show you all this enchanting book. 'Little Bear's Christmas' by Janice, and art by Mariana. (apparently no last names for these ladies!) A lovely blogging friend, who I think sadly, is not blogging anymore (but here's her Pinterest!), had this book on her blog a couple of years ago and I was so in love, I promptly ordered it. Miss your blog, Rebecca!!

The art was done by one of my great favs, Mariana, who created the 'Flora McFlimsey' doll books. I have the Easter Flora McFlimsey, and the level of enchantment that Mariana conveys through her soft, blurry, dreamy art style is Very High Indeed. I basically took one look at the cover of this one and knew it had to come live with us.

BUT - there's a sad element to my tale! I ordered the book (it's out of print and only available used) and it came.....with a few pages missing! I think I'm missing three pages. As in, you could see them just RIPPED right on out. I'm very intimidated by returning things to Amazon, and it was some random 3rd party seller, so I decided to just say oh well and suck it up. But basically, I need to buy the book all over again.

Oh this sweet story. Even with a few pages missing (WHY?? I really need to re-order this thing - am I missing the best pages of all???), the story is the CHARMINGEST. A little bear wakes up too soon, in the middle of winter, which is a season he's never experienced before.

He sees snow, he sees ice skaters, and he hears about an extraordinary event called Christmas. He hears about how one can write to this certain Santa fellow, and how Santa will bring things that one might wish for! Little Bear wants to write to him, just like the children do. So he writes a letter and hangs up six stockings. Then he waits by the chimney. Little Bear asks Santa to please bring him some Christmas. HOW ADORABLE IS THAT?? That's totes adorbs my friends.

Santa decides that the best way for Little Bear to experience Christmas is to come along with him on his holiday journey in the sleigh, and deliver presents.

When he comes back to his own cozy home, Little Bear finds a Christmas tree, all lit up and decorated with peppermints! ginger cookies! raisins! and nuts, and his best friends waiting for him. They have the World's Cutest Holiday Party and exchange gifts. It's so darling I could faint. Then Little Bear goes to bed under his cozy quilt with a jar of honey and plans on sleeping until Spring.

I think that's the end of the story? But I'm not quite sure because the very last page is TORN OUT AS WELL. Seriously, what happened to me here with this book? I'll have to do a report on the missing pages next year, when I get another copy of it.

My lovelies, if you're serious about your book collections, and I assume you are if you're hanging out here with me - go get this one - and don't be frightened off by my experience! I buy used books regularly and this is the first time I've received a damaged book. This story is so worth seeking out - the art is heirloom, pass-onto-the-grandkids-worthy and I'm so wild about it, yes, I'm buying another copy so I can have one with all the pages, by gum.

It's Christmas magic, this book! If I had had it when Julia was a tinier tot, this would have been read EVERY DAY in our house during holiday season, I can promise you. And probably every day even when it wasn't holiday season.

13 comments:

  1. Really sweet. I love the illustrations, too. Always something good here, Melissa!

    A.

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    1. Precious isn't it? I'm really curious what's on the missing pages, lol :)

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  2. I am the opposite of you - all my baking is done (I do have a few cold dishes to assemble, but they don't count) but I have done zero wrapping. I'm not sure why I haven't done any wrapping because I am usually a "wrap as it comes in the door" person, but there it is.

    This book is really cute! I shall have to go on a inter-library loan quest ASAP. So sad about the missing pages! I have also always had good experiences buying used books online, except once, when a book arrived with clearly adult level doodling on every page. I was very sad, but I got the book so cheaply that I just decided to let it go. Oddly enough my kids like the doodles!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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    1. MERRY CHRISTMAS to you!!!! Yeah I'm usually very slow on the wrapping but one night I just powered it out and then with the stragglers, I just wrapped as they came in. But I haven't cooked ONE THING. In the next couple of days I have 3 desserts to make, a special sauce for my mom's ham, an appetizer for husband's family holiday party and a side dish veggie. Plus christmas day b-fast. I better put on my athletic shoes and get comfy in the kitchen!!

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  3. This book looks adorable! It is funny, I picked up a book at our last library sale, called Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik, pictures by Maurice Sendak. It was published in 1957-and the bear looks very similar to the bear in this story, but different publishers, at least what I could tell by the amazon info.

    I do love a book mystery! It is also an "I Can Read" book, so maybe that makes a difference?

    OH, the missing pages...so very sad. I would have been so disappointed. I buy used books online all the time, ebay and amazon, and have had extremely good luck. Where I have had a problem with books with missing pages, Inter Library Loan! I've had a few copies with pages torn out-drives me nuts.

    A very Merry Christmas to you and your family! Thank you so much for all the enjoyable posts-I love reading them.

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    1. It's a different little bear, Maureen! BOTH are so so charming! The Little Bear series by Else Minarik are well loved books in our house, I think I blogged about it in my early days here but I can't recall which year LOL!

      HAPPY Christmas to you!!! Thank you for reading and commenting, I appreciate it so very much!!!

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  4. This is really lovely, torn - out pages aside. We're in DC. I'll bake as bit tomorrow and Thursday, and presents will get wrapped as they're bought. I took pictures for blog posts to schedule before we left, but had no time to finish them. It's a very different Christmas this year, but very cool. ;)

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    1. your DC pictures look amazing - you got to see the work of Aunt Peaches up close and personal! You follow her blog sometimes right? She decorated some of the White House trees this year, can you imagine???

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  6. What a lovely book! I didn't wrap up the presents yet! Yikes! And I have to work today so I'll take care of that when I go home later. Merry Christmas to you and your family! (^_^)

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    1. MERRY Christmas to you my friend!!! I hope you have a fabulous day!

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  7. What sweet art!

    I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!

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    1. YOU TOO my darling friend!!! hope you all had lots of snuggly non-tired kid meltdowny times during the holiday!!! and lots of lovely treats :)

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