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Bear’s Winter Party

Written by Deborah Hodge

Illustrated by Lisa Cinar

  • 32 Pages
  • 9781554988532
  • 8.5" x 10.5"
  • from grade K to grade 2
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Bears
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Festivals / General
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Situations / Friendship



Publication Date September 01, 2016

Bear loves his forest home, but sometimes he gets lonely. It’s hard being the biggest animal around. As the days grow shorter and autumn turns to winter, Bear springs into action and comes up with a festive plan to make friends with all the other forest creatures.

Bear makes invitations for all the other forest animals, inviting them to a winter party in his den. He decorates his home and lights a roaring fire, and bakes delicious treats for the creatures he hopes will soon become his friends. But as the night grows dark, Bear worries that his forest neighbors may be too frightened to come. Just when he is about to give up hope, Bear spots Deer peeking out from behind a tree…

Written by award-winning author Deborah Hodge, Bear’s Winter Party is brought to life with exuberant illustrations by Lisa Cinar. Together they have created a story that is at once timeless, tender and true.

Includes a recipe for Bear’s own Honey Ginger Cookies.


Deborah Hodge
Deborah Hodge is an award-winning author of more than twenty-five books for children. Her honors include the Information Book Award of Canada and the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, and she was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Her work has also appeared on ALA’s Top Ten Best Environmental Books for Youth and IBBY’s Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities. Deborah is a former teacher and curriculum writer who lives in Vancouver.

Lisa Cinar

Lisa Cinar is an educator and the author and illustrator of two picture books, The Day It All Blew Away, nominated for the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize, and Paulina P. (for Petersen). She lives in Vancouver.


"Inventive and appealing watercolors and the chatty yet straightforward text combine nicely . . . A solid choice on how to overcome isolation and learn to make friends." Kirkus Reviews

"The stylized watercolor and pencil illustrations are beautiful . . . this is a worthwhile seasonal selection with an emphasis on friendship." School Library Journal