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THE THREE SNOW BEARS by Jan Brett

Updated on August 2, 2013

My Review of a great children's book, The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett

The Three Snow Bears, written by Jan Brett

Is a refreshing remake of Goldilocks And The Three Bears. I don't know how anyone could possibly improve on this famous children's bedtime story, but the truth is that Jan has done exactly that. This children's picture book takes place in the frozen Arctic landscape of the far North, and the leading character is a young Inuit girl named Aloo-ki. Aloo-ki glances up from fishing and sees her sled dogs floating off on an ice floe. She races after them and comes upon an igloo. Being a curious girl, she goes inside only to find no one home. Looking in, she sees a table and three place settings with three bowls of soup. After tasting each of the three bowls of soup, she discovers that the large one is too hot, the middle one is too cold, and the small bowl is just right. She then tries on three pairs of boots that suddenly catch her eyes. She first tries the large size, then the middle-sized, and finally the small boots. She decides that the small pair of boots is just right for her! After sampling three different spots on the bear's long sleeping bench, Aloo-ki discovers that the smallest spot is just perfect for her. She lays herself down for a nap and peacefully falls asleep.

Throughout this time the snow bear family has been out for a leisurely walk. While they are walking, they find Aloo-ki's sled dogs in trouble and they immediately proceed to rescue them. When the three bears return home, they are quite shocked to find that someone has apparently been in their igloo. They search and find Aloo-ki sound asleep on the smallest of the beds. Aloo-ki awakes to find the three bears staring down at her. She is startled and flees, in fright, out of the igloo. Seeing her faithful huskies outside waiting for her, she quickly hops on the dog sled rushing away. As she turns looking back, she waves a grateful thank you to the bears before heading for home.


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THE THREE SNOW BEARS

Book Description

Aloo-ki glances up from fishing and sees her sled dogs floating off on an ice floe. She races after them and comes upon an igloo. Being a curious girl, she goes inside only to find no one home. That's because the polar bear family who lives there is out walking while their breakfast cools off. Aloo-ki eats some soup, tries on their boots, and finally crawls into the smallest bed for a nap. Meanwhile, Papa, Mama, and Baby Bear see her dogs adrift, swim out to rescue them and return home to find Aloo-ki fast asleep in Baby Bear's bed.

Jan traveled to the far North to meet the Inuit people and see the amazing land where they live. Dramatic illustrations capture the shimmering ice, snow and deep blue seas of the Arctic, and when Jan adds a raven-haired Inuit girl and her appealing huskies, an endearing family of polar bears, and playful Arctic animals in the borders, the result is one of her most beautiful picture books.

The decorative Inuit patterns and clothing Jan uses throughout are sure to attract adult fans and collectors while children will want to listen to and look at this exciting version of a well-loved story over and over again.

About the Author

Jan Brett lives in Norwell, Massachusetts. Her most recent book, Hedgie Blasts Off!, was a New York Times bestseller.

A magical children's story told anew with a strange twist, you'll love it and so will your children!

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Come back! Aloo-ki shouted as her huskies floated out to sea. Oh No! She knew that although the ice flow was a good place to fish, it is a bad place to loose a dog team.

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    • yayas 5 years ago

      I haven't read The Three Snow Bears, yet, but you can be sure I will. Your review is enough to make me wanna' run right out an' buy the book. An' I Always Love Jan Brett's illustrations!

    • sheafferba 6 years ago

      I love all of Jan Brett's books.

    • joanv334 6 years ago

      Loved it!

    • JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Jan has such wonderful illustrations with her stories!

    • Sensitive Fern 8 years ago

      I love Jan Brett's work Not long ago I went to the library in a nearby town and there was a tour bus with her illustrations all over it. Turns out she was at the library signing books. But I remember her from when I was a children's librarian a long time ago.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      sounds really good! i will definitely recommend this book to a friend of mine for her children

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Nice read....I will recommend to my younger children ...thanx....Electro Squid aka Gary Huber Offgridenergy 619-548-8108

    • julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Now I would not mind reading this story -- as it sounds absolutely delightful.

    • morgansloane 8 years ago

      Awesome lens!

    • Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I haven't read this one but it sounds like I need to.

    • ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      It sounds interesting though I have to admit I haven't read it.

    • Tony Payne 9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Sounds like a great book. I haven't read it, but I'm headed off to take a look. My girls ought to love it.

    • anonymous 9 years ago

      What a great review of this wonderful book! I know my kids will love it. Thanks!

    • Cynthia Wetzel 9 years ago from Michigan

      Any book by Jan Brett is very popular with children!

    • Teacher Adez7 9 years ago

      This is a delightful book to read and the children just love it as well.

    Sorry, not my cup of tea.

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      • Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

        You can't beat Jan Brett's illustrations!

      Book and Audio CD's by Jan Brett

      The Mitten Book and Audio CD Set (Paperback)
      The Mitten Book and Audio CD Set (Paperback)

      Product DescriptionBaba, Nicki's grandmother, knits pure white mittens for him, even though she is afraid that he will lose them in the snow. Sure enough, the first time Nicki is out, he drops one, and some animals promptly move into its snug wool interior. First comes a mole, then a rabbit, a hedgehog, an owl, a badger, a fox, a bear, and finally, a mouse. That mouse tickles the bear's nose and he sneezes, dislodging all of the animals at once. Nicki finds his mitten, and takes it home, but Baba is left to wonder about how it became so enormously stretched out. Brett's magnificent paintings feature her usual array of folk details, and this time, intricate knitting tracks, ornate embroidery, the crusty, peeling texture of the birch bark borders, and the exquisite patterns found in Baba's homey rooms. Readers will sit back, suspend belief, and welcome this tall tale from the Ukrainian tradition.

       
      The Hat Book and Audio CD Set (Paperback Book and Audio CD)
      The Hat Book and Audio CD Set (Paperback Book and Audio CD)

      Product DescriptionHedgie the hedgehog discovers the wisdom of the adage, "Don't go poking your nose where it doesn't belong," only after curiosity gets this prickly fellow in a pickle. When Lisa's red and white woolen stocking blows off the clothesline, Hedgie finds it and sticks his nose inside, only to discover his prickles prevent him from pulling out of it. Soon all the farm animals are coming around to chuckle at silly Hedgie's stocking hat. But in the end, nimble-witted Hedgie gets the last laugh. This magnificently illustrated companion book to artist (and hedgehog owner) Jan Brett's classic, The Mitten, was the winner of the prestigious 1998 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Young readers can spend hours with this one short book, poring over the pleasing, spirited details of Brett's trademark picture borders. Throughout, Lisa can be seen in these artful frames, making preparations for the cold Scandinavian winter, never realizing that her clothesline is becoming more line than clothes. If it were possible to wrap oneself up in these warm, cozy illustrations, readers would be set for the winter.

       
      The Wild Christmas Reindeer (Book and Audio CD) (Paperback)
      The Wild Christmas Reindeer (Book and Audio CD) (Paperback)

      Product DescriptionLittle Teeka's attempts to train Santa's reindeer for their Christmas ride meet with disaster until she realizes that she needs to work with the animals in a new way. "Tomorrow," she says, "no yelling, no screaming, and no bossing, I promise," and with her patient teaching, on Christmas Eve the "wild reindeer rise up together and carry the sleigh off into the night." Brett's characteristic, richly detailed borders depict the activity at Santa's workshop as each day brings Teeka closer to Christmas. As with The Mitten , Brett makes use of Ukranian motifs--colorful embroidered costumes, festive garlands, carvings and cunning toys decorate every page. The reindeer themselves--sporting names like Lichen, Tundra and Bramble--provide most of the comic action in this sweet Christmas fantasy that shows Brett at her best.

       
      Christmas Trolls
      Christmas Trolls

      Product DescriptionBlonde, blue-eyed Treva teaches a pair of greedy little trolls how to celebrate Christmas. Following them in order to find the gifts and ornaments they've snitched from her house, she helps them decorate their home, shows them how to share, and offers them a gift -- a gesture they make in return on Christmas morning. The story is predictable but related with appealing directness; and fans will be enchanted, once again, with the lovingly detailed Scandinavian folk details in Brett's bright, crisply delineated art, especially in the intriguing borders -- where the trolls' charming pet hedgehogs are busy with their own related pursuits.

       
      Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve?
      Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve?

      Product DescriptionKnock knock. Who's there? More trolls to add to Brett's canon. Apparently, the trouble with trolls is that they're always making trouble. Luckily, they never get any smarter. In this Arctic story, a shy Finnmark girl fends off lurking trolls with help from a traveling boy and his pet polar bear. An icy landscape shimmers under the northern lights while bright Scandinavian frocks and household items give the scenery a kicky dash of color. Brett simultaneously reveals another angle of her tale via intricately designed side panels that frame the main event. The lifelike polar bear, both hulking and docile, is a scene-stealer.

       

      Great children's books by Jan Brett - Jan Brett is truly one of the great children's books authors of our time!

      If you loved reading this book on The Three Snow Bears? I would strongly suggest that you consider more of the great children's literary works written by this author. I present to you a limited list of the many fabulous works she has written here in this Lens.

      The Mitten
      The Mitten

      Amazon.comA Ukrainian boy named Nicki wants his grandmother Baba to knit snow-white mittens for him. She warns her grandson that a white mitten will be hard to find if he loses it in the snow, but of course he promptly does just that! What happens next is the surprising part, as a mole takes refuge in the lost mitten, then a rabbit, then a hedgehog, an owl, a badger, and a fox. If you think the mitten might be a wee bit stretched out at this point, just wait: "Then a big bear sniffed at the mitten. The animals were packed in tight, but the bear didn't care. He crawled in anyway." When a tiny mouse squeezes in, her whiskers tickle the bear's nose. He sneezes, and "Aaaaa-aaaaa-ca-chew!" all the animals fly out of their crocheted cave. As the mitten sails through the air, Nicki spots it, reclaims it, and takes it home to show his smiling Baba.Jan Brett is the illustrator of many well-known folktales, fairy tales, and poems, such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Owl and the Pussycat, by Edward Lear. Her special signature in her detailed artwork is the intricate borders, seen in this book as birch-bark panels with embroidered details and mitten-shaped vignettes offering additional insights into the story line. Brett is at her best when she illustrates animals, and the expressions on the faces of her creatures are a delight. She carefully researched the costumes, furniture, and house in this traditional Ukrainian tale--all are authentic. A fine story to read on a frosty night with a cup of hot chocolate, and if you ever get your fill of The Mitten, you can always try its delightfully original companion book, The Hat, winner of the 1998 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. (Ages 4 to 8)From Publishers WeeklyBaba, Nicki's grandmother, knits pure white mittens for him, even though she is afraid that he will lose them in the snow. Sure enough, the first time Nicki is out, he drops one and some animals promptly move into its snug wool interior. First comes a mole, then a rabbit, a hedgehog, an owl, a badger, a fox, a bear and, finally, a mouse. That mouse tickles the bear's nose and he sneezes, dislodging all of the animals at once. Nicki finds his mitten, and takes it home, but Baba is left to wonder about how it became so enormously stretched out. Brett's magnificent paintings feature her usual array of folk details, and this time, intricate knitting tracks, ornate embroidery, the crusty, peeling texture of the birch bark borders and the exquisite patterns found in Baba's homey rooms. Readers will sit back, suspend belief and welcome this tall tale from the Ukrainian tradition. Ages 4-8.Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

       
      Jan Brett's Christmas Treasury
      Jan Brett's Christmas Treasury

      Amazon.comCelebrate the joy, beauty, and magic of Christmas with this giant treasury of Jan Brett's best-loved, bestselling books. Universally renowned for her exquisitely framed, highly detailed picture books, Brett captures the essence of winter wonderlands in her stories about hedgehogs, trolls, reindeer, and tow-headed children. The stunning natural settings and enchanting characters are based on the traditions and stories of the countries she has visited, especially Norway and Denmark. This glorious collection includes seven of Brett's snowy classics: The Mitten, The Wild Christmas Reindeer, Trouble with Trolls, The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Hat, Christmas Trolls, and The Night Before Christmas. What a treat! (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie CoulterFrom Publishers WeeklyHer many fans will welcome Jan Brett's Christmas Treasury. This oversize gift edition gathers together seven complete, previously published stories, including The Mitten and The Hat as well as The Twelve Days of Christmas.Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

       
      Gingerbread Baby
      Gingerbread Baby

      Editorial ReviewsAmazon.com"I am the Gingerbread Baby,Fresh from the pan.If you want me,Catch me if you can!"That sassy cookie! When Matti opens the oven door just a little too soon, out pops a gingerbread baby instead of the gingerbread boy he was expecting. Eluding all efforts to catch him, the flat, becandied baby is chased around the village and into the countryside. He mercilessly taunts Matti's parents, a cat, the milk and cheese man, goats, villagers, a fox, and more. In a less traumatic twist on the classic Gingerbread Boy story, this Gingerbread Baby even outfoxes the fox. Sure he's bratty, but he doesn't deserve the gruesome end the Gingerbread Boy usually comes to. Matti makes sure this naughty but appealing little one ends up right where he belongs.This fresh-baked version of the traditional nursery story is brought to you from the creative and award-winning ovens of Jan Brett. Best known for such favorites as The Mitten and The Hat, she has illustrated many other familiar folktales. Her intricately detailed paintings, with their pretty, illuminated borders, are a perfect fit for the Swiss mountainside setting of this cozy old tale. And don't miss the Gingerbread Baby plush! (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie CoulterFrom Publishers WeeklyBrett (The Mitten; Comet's Nine Lives) presents a rather wordy and wandering version of "The Gingerbread Boy." Impatient for the gingerbread man to bake the full eight minutes that is specified in the cookbook, Matti opens the oven door prematurely and a doughy baby jumps out instead: "I am the Gingerbread Baby,/ Fresh from the pan./ If you want me,/ Catch me if you can." The cherubic child remains at home while his parents and a smattering of animals lead a cumulative chase through the Swiss countryside, depicted in minutely detailed pictures. Within the artist's characteristically intricate borders, windowlike cutouts shaped like gingerbread cookie cutters reveal Matti's activities at home: he bakes, constructs and decorates an elaborate gingerbread house, which he then places in a clearing in the woods. Well ahead of his pursuers, the fugitive cookie discovers the elaborate structure and happily takes refuge inside. The grand finale allows youngsters to lift a flap shaped like the gingerbread house to uncover its new resident, smiling and winking. Brett's fetching art offsets her rather facile narrative in a book likely to please her faithful fans and holiday gift shoppers. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

       
      The Hat
      The Hat

      Editorial ReviewsAmazon.comHedgie the hedgehog discovers the wisdom of the adage, "Don't go poking your nose where it doesn't belong" only after curiosity gets this prickly fellow in a pickle. When Lisa's red and white woolen stocking blows off the clothesline, Hedgie finds it and sticks his nose inside, only to discover his prickles prevent him from pulling out of it. Soon all the farm animals are coming around to chuckle at silly Hedgie's stocking hat. But in the end, nimble-witted Hedgie gets the last laugh.This magnificently illustrated companion book to artist (and hedgehog owner) Jan Brett's classic The Mitten was the winner of the prestigious 1998 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Young readers can spend hours with this one short book, poring over the pleasing, spirited details of Brett's trademark picture borders. Throughout, Lisa can be seen in these artful frames, making preparations for the cold Scandinavian winter, never realizing that her clothesline is becoming more line than clothes. If it were possible to wrap oneself up in these warm, cozy illustrations, readers would be set for the winter. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie CoulterFrom School Library JournalPreSchool-Grade 3. A clever and appealing picture book. In preparation for cold weather, Lisa takes her winter clothes out of their storage chest and hangs them up in the fresh air. A strong wind blows one of her knit socks off the line. A hedgehog sticks his head inside, and it becomes stuck on his quills. When a hen, goose, cat, dog, pig, and horse laugh at his appearance, he tries to salvage his dignity by telling each one that his new hat will keep him dry, warm, and cozy throughout the winter. Finally, Lisa finds him and removes her sock, telling him that animals don't wear clothing. But when she goes back to the clothesline, she sees all of the animals wearing her gloves, sweaters, and scarves on their heads. Brett's illustrations are done in her trademark style of highly detailed depictions of her characters and a creative use of borders. Contained within them are small illustrations foreshadowing what will happen next. Shades of grays and greens capture the chilly autumn landscape. Against this background, the earthy colors of the animals and the deep red of Lisa's sock make a stark contrast. The pictures, story, and subject matter make this a natural for sharing aloud. And while very young children may need to have the humor of Hedgie's predicament explained to them, the book's appeal will be broad.?Denise Anton Wright, Illinois State University, NormalCopyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

       
      Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve?
      Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve?

      Editorial ReviewsFrom Publishers WeeklyKnock knock. Who's there? More trolls to add to Brett's (Christmas Trolls; Trouble with Trolls) canon. Apparently, the trouble with trolls is that they're always making trouble. Luckily, they never get any smarter. In this Arctic story, a shy Finnmark girl fends off lurking trolls with help from a traveling boy and his pet polar bear. An icy landscape shimmers under the northern lights while bright Scandinavian frocks and household items give the scenery a kicky dash of color. Brett simultaneously reveals another angle of her tale via intricately designed side panels that frame the main event. The lifelike polar bear, both hulking and docile, is a scene-stealer. Ages 4-8.Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.From School Library JournalKindergarten-Grade 2-In this story based on a traditional Norwegian folktale, a boy traveling from Finnmark to Oslo with his pet polar bear stops by Kyri's hut on Christmas Eve. The guests help to frighten away the trolls who come to wreak havoc and steal all of the holiday treats. The pleasure here lies mostly in the lush, richly textured illustrations, with Brett's distinctive borders that incorporate Norwegian folk motifs and trolls romping through skies lit by the Northern lights. Scenery aside, the children are rather one-dimensional, but the bear is handsome and heroic and the trolls satisfyingly ugly and naughty.-V. W.Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

       
      Gingerbread Baby
      Gingerbread Baby

      4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Story is Retold With a Fun, New Ending and Beautiful Pictures, July 14, 2006By A.Trendl HungarianBookstore.com "How cold is ... (Glen Ellyn, IL USA) - See all my reviews(TOP 500 REVIEWER) Matti waits for gingerbread to be made while he thumbs through a cookbook. A gingerbread baby, much like the classic childhood tale, pops out the oven, and scampers across the room. Household havoc soon follows as Matti's family tries to catch the escaped snack.The gingerbread baby leads everyone outside and down the road, creating a mess along the way. The entire town is up in arms, tempted by the gingerbread baby's poetic taunts:"I'm the Gingerbread Baby.Catch me if you can!"How will the gingerbread baby be caught? Can Matti save the day?Beautiful colored drawings fill each page, with many two-page spreads. There is winter atmosphere, from the fire-filled hearth, to snow flowing over mountaintops, to the sugar-crusted gingerbread house. Creative and active, the pictures meet well with the story.The pictures sometimes overtake the type. Although set in Breughel (like Times New Roman) in what appears to be 14 pt., the contrast is occasional weak, making the story difficult to read in a few places.I fully recommend "Gingerbread Baby" by Jan Brett. It is one of the good ones.Anthony Trendleditor, HungarianBookstore.com

       
      Fritz and the Beautiful Horses (Sandpiper Books)
      Fritz and the Beautiful Horses (Sandpiper Books)

      5.0 out of 5 stars Charming story by a well-loved children's author, November 20, 2002By breyergal "breyergal" (Seattle) - See all my reviewsThis is a wonderful story about Fritz, a short, shaggy pony who lives his life in the shadow of the tall, sleek horses of the kingdom. His life changes, however, when this little "nobody" prances forward to rescue the children when the "beautiful" horses cannot.An endearing story which teaches children that true beauty is found inside. As with all Jan Brett books, the charming illustrations will captivate even the smallest of children.Add this one to your child's library ... it's sure to quickly become a favorite!

       
      Annie and the Wild Animals
      Annie and the Wild Animals

      Editorial ReviewsReviewPublishers Weekly : "The pictures hold countless surprises. Indisputably, this is a work of wonder that deserves highest honors."Review"The pictures hold countless surprises. Indisputably, this is a work of wonder that deserves highest honors."

       
      The Wild Christmas Reindeer
      The Wild Christmas Reindeer

      Editorial ReviewsAmazon.com"Teeka was excited. And a little afraid. This year Santa had asked her to get the reindeer ready to fly on Christmas Eve." Teeka, an Arctic girl who lives "in the shadow of Santa's Winterfarm," knows it will be a struggle to round up the reindeer who'd roamed wild on the tundra since last Christmas. Reindeer training is not easy for the hard-working young girl: "Teeka looked at the tangled reindeer, once so bold and free, and began to cry. 'It's my fault,' she said. 'I've spent all my time yelling at you, instead of helping. I'm sorry.' And one by one she gave each reindeer a hug." On December 24, Teeka--who's finally learned how to be a gentle, effective trainer--brings her antlered team to meet Santa and all the elves who have loaded the sleigh. Teeka is asleep on the last page of the book, as Santa and his well-trained reindeer--Bramble, Heather, Windswept, Lichen, Snowball, Crag, Twilight, and Tundra--fly past her window for a night of magical surprises. (Ages 3 to 8) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.From Publishers WeeklyLittle Teeka's attempts to train Santa's reindeer for their Christmas ride meet with disaster until she realizes that she needs to work with the animals in a new way. "Tomorrow," she says, "no yelling, no screaming, and no bossing, I promise," and with her patient teaching, on Christmas Eve the "wild reindeer rise up together and carry the sleigh off into the night." Brett's characteristic, richly detailed borders depict the activity at Santa's workshop as each day brings Teeka closer to Christmas. As with The Mitten , Brett makes use of Ukranian motifs--colorful embroidered costumes, festive garlands, carvings and cunning toys decorate every page. The reindeer themselves--sporting names like Lichen, Tundra and Bramble--provide most of the comic action in this sweet Christmas fantasy that shows Brett at her best. Ages 4-8.Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

       
      Town Mouse, Country Mouse
      Town Mouse, Country Mouse

      Editorial ReviewsFrom Publishers WeeklyThe grass may be greener in the country, and the carpets softer in the city, but--as the two amiable mouse couples in Brett's rich interpretation of the timeless fable finally resolve--"There's no place like home." Brett's ( The Mitten ; Trouble with Trolls ) version of how they arrive at their wise conclusion serves up a sumptuous visual feast. The art on each double-page spread (alternately devoted to urban and rural settings) is brimming with droll details; exquisite patterns appear on clothing, china and rugs; and imaginative borders range from silk cord to pottery shards to dandelions. The text also conveys the culture gap between the city and the country mice with a good deal of humor. When she feels a raindrop on her head, the city-mouse wife asks, "Is the bathtub leaking?"; and her natty husband proudly dons a new jacket ("so colorful and eye-catching"), not realizing that it will indeed catch a creature's eye--that of a large owl whose greedy clutches he barely escapes. Bound to be a standout among the season's picture book offerings. Ages 4-8.Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.From School Library JournalKindergarten-Grade 3-A new spin on the familiar fable. A mouse couple living in a town are enchanted by the simple life of the country, and, while on a picnic, meet a pair of local mice who long for the luxury and convenience of the city. Homes are swapped, but they find that reality is different from their expectations. Both couples end up fleeing from unfamiliar, predators-a cat in town and an owl in the country-all the way home. The owl and cat collide, and in an original twist, negotiate a territorial swap of their own. Traditionally, the town resident is portrayed as a pompous snob who turns his nose up at the country dweller's simple fare, while the country mouse is a folksy bumpkin. In Brett's version, the town mice are as charming and naive as their country cousins. Furthermore, the original fable depicts country life as utterly tranquil, but the city mice find that it is anything but serene. Brett's narrative alternates the parallel mishaps of the two sets of mice with lively, smooth writing and a deft touch of humor. As with any of her books, the illustrations are rich with meticulous detail. The natural fibers of the clothes of the country mice are as realistic in texture as the fine beaded and bedecked clothing of the town mice. The text is neatly integrated into each double-page spread. Lozenges at either side portray the activities of the two predators and are bordered with natural objects such as buttons, stamps, coins, and safety pins. Because of the wealth of small details, the book is better suited for one-on-one sharing than as a group read aloud.Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PACopyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

       
      Trouble with Trolls
      Trouble with Trolls

      Editorial ReviewsFrom Publishers WeeklyA brave girl outwits some trolls when they try to kidnap her dog. "A wintry winner with a sunny glow," said PW. Ages 3-8. (Oct.)Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.From School Library JournalPreSchool-Grade 3-- Treva's trouble begins when she and her dog, Tuffi, go up Mount Baldy. She meets five white-haired trolls, all intent on taking Tuffi; they want a dog and have filled their underground burrow with the things such a pet would need. Quick-thinking Treva, using tactics worthy of Br'er Rabbit, convinces the trolls that her mittens, hat, sweater, etc., are much more important to her than a dog, but wins all her belongings back before she and Tuffi escape down the mountain. Obviously influenced by Scandinavian folklore, the story is appealing. With the fine details that have become her trademark, Brett tells two stories at the same time: the child's encounters with the trolls appear on the top three-fourths of each spread, and a cross-section of their abode occupies the bottom. A humorous subplot involves a curious hedgehog. Set against a wintery, snow-capped background, the saturated colors seem to jump off the page. As always, Brett does a remarkably realistic job of depicting clothing and the natural landscape. Less successful, however, are her renderings of Treva and Tuffi, who have a slightly frozen quality. But the trolls are a personable bunch and readers may hate to see them disappear at the end. Overall, a visually attractive and accessible book that's ideal for individual use, but also fun to share aloud. --Denise Anton Wright, Illinois State Univ . , NormalCopyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

       
      On Noah's Ark
      On Noah's Ark

      Editorial ReviewsFrom School Library JournalPreSchool-Grade 2-Brett presents the biblical story from the perspective of Noah's granddaughter. The child watches the construction of the ark and the arrival of its passengers. Once they are on board and the rain falls, she untangles the crowded beasts so that they can all sleep peacefully. When the storm ends, Grandpa Noah releases her pet dove to search for land. After the creatures disembark, she helps him plant a seed to start life anew. This familiar story serves as a vehicle for Brett's watercolor-and-gouache panoramas of animals, birds, and insects from all corners of the Earth. Even the dodo appears. Each spread features a large scene surrounded by a papyrus border. Smaller pictures that relate to the central image are presented in animal-shaped frames to the left and right. Close-up views of insects appear near the corner of some pages and the dove also has a spot in many illustrations. Such details add to the book's interest for older children, who can find something new to explore during repeat readings. Brett's fans will recognize her artistic style, and where her work is popular, this book is a "must purchase." Other librarians may want to assess demand for Noah stories versus the number of titles in the collection, including Jerry Pinkney's Noah's Ark (North-South, 2002). If there is room for one more interpretation, this one is worth considering.Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, MankatoCopyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.From BooklistPreS-Gr. 1. There's no mention of a wrathful God in this beautifully illustrated retelling of the familiar story of the ark, which is related through the viewpoint of Noah's granddaughter. As the water rises, Noah and his family prepare while the animal pairs march aboard. The 40 days and nights in the ark are restless and crowded, but the girl tries to make everyone comfortable. Finally, she sends her dove in search of land, and a new world begins. The words are basic and effective; it's the detailed watercolors of the animals that are the real attraction here. In precise brushstrokes and vivid colors, Brett creates incredibly textured feathers and fur, and the appealing book design positions the images on backgrounds made to resemble papyrus scrolls. Very young children will want to point out their favorite animals in the parade; older ones who know the story may enjoy this kinder, secular version. Gillian EngbergCopyright American Library Association. All rights reserved

       
      The Twelve Days of Christmas
      The Twelve Days of Christmas

      From Publishers Weekly"On the first day of Christmas,/ My true love gave to me/ A partridge in a pear tree." A straightforward beginning to a carol that grows increasingly complicated as both the list of presents and the numbers involved accumulate. Brett's lavish treatment of the song portrays various levels of meaning; she has illustrated the fantastic gifts in outrageous splendor (seven swans swim in folkloric Russian headdresses), turned them into a border of tree decorations, included a menagerie of animals carrying banners with "Merry Christmas" in different languages, and set into the outer edges of each page an ongoing story about a family's preparations for the big day itself. In the final frame, the decorated tree serves as the centerpiece for their own caroling. The artist demonstrates, once again, that she will not relinquish a project before every last glorious detail is in place; the clarity of her vision is stunning.Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.The New York Times Book ReviewA warm book to the touch." --This text refers to the Board book edition.

       
      Christmas Trolls
      Christmas Trolls

      Editorial ReviewsFrom Kirkus ReviewsBlond, blue-eyed Treva (The Trouble with Trolls, 1992) teaches a pair of greedy little trolls how to celebrate Christmas: following them in order to find the gifts and ornaments they've snitched from her house, she helps them decorate their home, shows them how to share, and offers them a gift--a gesture they make in return on Christmas morning. The story is predictable but related with appealing directness; and fans will be enchanted, once again, with the lovingly detailed folk/Scandinavian details in Brett's bright, crisply delineated art, especially in the intriguing borders--where the trolls' charming pet hedgehogs are busy with their own related pursuits. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright 1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.Book DescriptionChristmas is Treva's favorite time of the year. But this year, decorations and presents are mysteriously disappearing. When Treva follows a small creature making off with the Christmas pudding, she discovers two irresistible trolls who want to have Christmas, but don't understand it. Jan Brett's trademark luminous paintings give readers a magical Christmas full of surprises."Luminous, richly detailed...a visual treasure trove." -Publishers Weekly

       

      Hello folks,

      I have greatly enjoyed putting this lens together featuring the fabulous children's books of Jan Brett, and focusing on her recent NY Times best seller The Three Snow Bears. Please feel free to leave me your thoughts on this great author of children's books.

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          yayas 5 years ago

          I love all the works of Jan Brett and now I want to read The Three Snow Bears. Thanks for sharing this cute book with us.

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          Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

          Back now that I'm a SquidAngel to bless your efforts. Well done!!! Bear hugs, Frankster

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          enjoyed my visit to your lens tonight, thank you for the write up!

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          River_Rose 5 years ago

          Never thought about re-writing and oldie !

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          designerlaptopbags 5 years ago

          Nice work

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          MSBeltran1 6 years ago

          My son would love this version, I have to check it out. Great lens.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          a good book.we love The Three Snow Bears is a children's book and snow sleds kids

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          clever_man 7 years ago

          It's fantastic book!

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          KarenTBTEN 7 years ago

          Jan Britt makes charming illustrations. I like the rather fanciful story about the mitten -- a good read-aloud.

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          Tom Fattes 7 years ago from Naperville, IL

          A great book by Jan Brett. Lensrolling to my Jan Brett lens.

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          JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

          Jan Brett books are fabulous! I will be adding your lens to one I'm making about her Christmas books. Thank you for a great lens!Pamela

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          Sensitive Fern 8 years ago

          This is an awesome Squid Lit lens! Love all the reviews of the other books. 5*

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          Carol Goss 8 years ago

          I'm going to have to read this book

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          wow, you did an awesome job on this lens, very well layout out and the content is great! the author sounds like a great childrens author and now my curiosity is raised, going to go to the bookstore when i get a chance to look through some of the books

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Great lens! I tried writing a children's book a few years ago. I'm always looking for great new books!

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          kellywissink lm 8 years ago

          Well Done!Thanks for joining the Squidoo 100 lens Club!-Kelly

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          greenerme 8 years ago

          This looks like a cute book. I had fun reading this lens!

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          AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

          This looks like a great children's book. I haven't read it but I am always looking for new ideas for books.

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          JudyDunn 8 years ago

          My kids are teens now, but I held on to all the Jan Brett books we owned. She is a gifted writer and illustrator. I will have to look at this book, and maybe add it to my collection!

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          eclecticeducati1 8 years ago

          We just read this book in our homeschool. I thought it was adorable. 5*

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          Fantastic lens. I have enjoyed Jan Brett's books and website for some time and I really enjoyed this lens. Lensrolling to my Squidlit "Christmas Tree In The White House by Gary Hines". Thank you.

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          annetteghallowe1 9 years ago

          Even though my daughter is 18, there are some childrens books that I did not give away. Jan Brett's books are among them. I think she has some of the most beautiful illustrations of any books out there..I had not seen this book before but will be getting it to use with ESL teaching! 5*

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          ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

          Great lens! I see why the angels blessed it.5*Lizzy

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          KimberlyDawnWel1 9 years ago

          Found your lens through your blog. Great start!

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          Achim Thiemermann 9 years ago from Austin, Texas

          You always bring the kid out in me, Donna! 5*s

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          bjbook 9 years ago

          Great Lens!5 STARS!

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          Tony Payne 9 years ago from Southampton, UK

          Wow really cool lens and such great books. Nice job. It's important to get the kids reading about something other than what they see on tv and to understand more of the world around them.

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          Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

          What a Great Lens! 5 Stars and Favored!The Three Bears lumbered over to check out your lens and liked it so much that they are sending you virtual Maple Syrup to pour on your Waffles.

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          Roving Band 9 years ago

          It's great to be in the "Get Kids Reading" group with you!

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          Margaret Schaut 9 years ago from Detroit

          Featuring on Squidoo-It-All!

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          anonymous 9 years ago

          Fantastic lens. 5 stars no doubt. Keep it up!!!Do visit my lenses and give a rating if you want to.All the best to you.

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          tonyab lm 9 years ago

          Thanks for the review - it look like a great kids book and one that my son would love! A definite 5 star lens.Star Wars Transformers

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          JanaMurray 9 years ago

          Your talent is inspiring. ;)

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          LABELSTONE 9 years ago

          Awesome lens. 5-star all the way. I love all children's books - it looks like a great one with super illustrations.Excellent information!Do visit my lens on St. Patrick's Dat at: http://www.squidoo.com/IrishEyes.

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          Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

          Though I love Jan Brett's illustrations, I prefer Alaska's Three Bears by Shelley Gill for it's storyline.

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          Frankie Kangas 9 years ago from California

          Excellent Lens. 5*. I can't wait to read this book. I love polar bears, as you can tell by Are You Polar Bear Aware?. I've also bookmarked you on Polar Bear Ware. Again, great lens. Bear hugs, Fran

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          chloecavanaugh 9 years ago

          A wonderful lens, and a must read!*****Chloe

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          Barkely 9 years ago

          Very nicely done. I haven't read this book, but I think you've inspired me to check it out.

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          Robin S 9 years ago from USA

          I've never read this one but wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed reading your fantastic lens.

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          Christene-S 9 years ago

          Blessed by a SquidAngel