The Story: Mummy bear and her three cubs play outside in the snow. When it all becomes a bit much for the smallest bear, they head inside for toast by the fire.
Why is this your favourite Christmas book?
It celebrates what’s really important – spending quality time with loved ones. I’d gladly swap presents and turkey for warm toast, an open fire and a cuddle with my favourite snow bears.
Can you describe a favourite illustration or give a favourite quote from the story and tell us why you chose it?
“Hot toast by the fire will soon warm you up.” The smallest snow bear, still covered in snow and looking tired, is peering at us over mummy bear’s shoulder as she enters their log cabin. The affection of the mother for her children is so beautifully done in the text and the pictures, even though it’s deliberately understated.
Author: Martin Waddell / Illustrator: Sarah Fox-Davies
Before she started writing funny stories for children, Michelle Robinson wrote copy for some of the world’s biggest brands. She always dreamed of becoming an author like her hero, Roald Dahl. She shares his birthday and his love of chocolate, but she is much, much shorter. Her collaboration with Jim Field, ‘There’s a Lion in my Cornflakes‘ won the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Award in 2014. Michelle lives in Somerset with her husband and two young children.
Michelle is the author of Christmas picture book ‘Goodnight Santa’ illustrated by Nick East.
Which book is on your Christmas wishlist this year?
“The Story of Charlotte’s Web: E.B. White’s Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic” by Michael Sims
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