cover image Hanna Bear's Christmas

Hanna Bear's Christmas

Monica Devine, , illus. by Sean Cassidy. . Fitzhenry & Whiteside, $17.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-1-55041-585-8

With Christmas falling smack in the middle of her sleep, what's a holiday-loving bear to do? Hanna Bear knows just the fix and enlists some of her animal pals to wake her in time for the big day. Unfortunately, Devine tale adds little to a frequently mined story line—see the more winsome Bear's First Christmas (reviewed above) and Karma Wilson's Bear Stays Up for Christmas (2004). Also unfortunately, Cassidy's illustrations fail to ignite the tale's bits of humor. Ages 4-7. (Oct.)