The Three Bears’ Christmas

By Kathy Duval
Illustrated by Paul Meisel
Ages 4-8, Holiday House, 32 pages.
ISBN: 978-0-8234-1871-8

A Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year

Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear are having a curious Christmas. Someone has eaten their gingerbread cookies. Someone has sat in their chairs and slept in their beds too! Whoever it was left clothing all over the house: a woolly mitten, black boots, and a red coat. Who could it be?


Booklist: *Starred Review

“The old favorite gets wrapped in a Christmas bow…Magical.”


“Teachers will want to add this holiday version of ‘The Three Bears’ to their repertoire of ‘just-right’ tales for holiday story times.”

Horn Book Magazine:

“In this takeoff on the familiar tale, Santa (in a clever bit of casting) plays Goldilocks. Bright acrylic paintings featuring a cozy cottage and flannel-garbed bears provide an atmosphere of comfort and warmth.”

School Library Journal:

“Children who already know the familiar nursery tale about the three bears will enjoy this holiday spin-off…Charming.”

The New York Times Children’s Bookshelf:

“When Papa, Mama and Baby Bear take a Christmas Eve walk…a visitor slips in and makes himself at home.”


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