'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!!
'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.
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.
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.
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.