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Hanna Bear's Christmas

Hanna Bear's Christmas
Monica Devine By (author)
Sean Cassidy Illustrated by

Fitzhenry & Whiteside

Limited ***

9.0 X 9.8 in
32 pg

JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Adventure & Adventurers


Wake up, Hanna Bear!

Hanna Bear can smell winter coming. It's time to find a den and snooze through the cold days and nights until spring because that is what bears do. But this year Hanna longs to see Christmas, so her friends agree to get her up for the special day. It isn't that easy to wake up a sleeping bear. When the mountain goat butts the door of her den, Hanna doesn't stir. So the moose tries, but even the sound of his antlers scraping back and forth doesn't wake up Hanna. The spruce grouse tries, and then the snowshoe hare, but no one can make enough noise.

What are they going to do? They don't want to disappoint Hanna. But each one has made as much noise as they can. What more can they do?

Children will enjoy making their own brand of noise as they follow along with the animals and help wake up Hanna. And they'll revel in the magic of a Christmas night, as they follow Hanna and her friends through the woods. A fun story for little ones about when to cooperate, when to make noise, and when to be silent.


"There is a significant subgenre of Christmas books revolving around a hibernating animal that can't or won't wake up for the festivities. This is a pleasant, if slight, addition to that body of literature. . . The lively, textured illustrations add an element of humor that is not obvious in the text alone."
School Library Journal

"Cassidy's illustrations are very colorful and expressive and are as important to the book as Devine's text which is sure to delight readers in this age group with its characters and the sound effects of the animals' trying to wake up Hanna Bear. Hanna Bear's Christmas is truly refreshing with its story celebrating some of the joys of the season, which may be less obvious in our busy world."
Highly recommended
CM Magazine

"Talented Ontario illustrator Sean Cassidy uses vivid and distinctive watercolours. . . The northern settings and expressive depictions of the animal characters are memorable and distinctive, giving the holiday story an uncluttered richness."
Quill and Quire

"Children of all ages will love this magical Christmas story."
In The Hills Magazine

Author Bio

Sean Cassidy is the acclaimed author-illustrator of many picture books for young readers including Good to be Small, Gummy Toes and Kazaak! He lives with his family near Orangeville, Ontario.