Santa Claus and the Three Bears
By Regan McMahon,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Beautiful art enhances holiday twist on classic fairy tale.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Invites comparison with the classic fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
Sometimes someone can make you angry, but you can forgive him after you understand the whole situation. Maybe his intentions were good.
Positive Role Models
The three bears are a close and loving polar bear family. Santa is kind and generous but eats the bears' food and tries out their chairs and beds when they aren't home. He doesn't mean to steal or be destructive; he's just hungry, tired, and too big for Baby Bear's chair. He apologizes for breaking it and promises to bring a new one next year.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Santa Claus and the Three Bears puts a holiday spin on the classic fairy tale. Here the bears are polar bears rather than the typical brown or black bears in most tellings, living in a cozy cabin in the snow, all decorated for Christmas. When Santa makes a brief stop during his Christmas Eve ride around the globe, he does all the things Goldilocks does (eating Christmas pudding instead of porridge) before he's discovered. Exquisite art makes this tried-and-true home-invasion story a cut above. Great for holiday read-aloud.
Where to Read
There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.
What's the Story?
It's Christmas Eve, and a gentle, loving polar bear family take a walk in the snow to let their Christmas pudding cool off. While they're out, Santa comes to drop off the family's gifts on his global rounds, helps himself to the bears' pudding, and breaks Baby Bear's chair. The family arrives home to find Santa taking a nap in Baby Bear's bed. Santa apologizes for the breakage and promises to bring them a new chair next year.
Is It Any Good?
SANTA CLAUS AND THE THREE BEARS does a great job of adapting the familiar tale for the holidays. Beautiful art with a traditional feel makes the book truly special and fun to pore over and notice all the little details of the polar bears' cozy, Christmas-y home. This is perfect for read-aloud, maybe with a nice cup of hot cocoa!
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about fairy tale updates. What do you think of taking a well-known tale and adding Santa to the mix?
What do you see in the illustrations that gives you the idea the bears are ready for Christmas?
Do you think Santa gets hungry and tired on his way around the world? Would you?
- Author: Maria Modugno
- Illustrators: Brooke Dyer, Jane Dyer
- Genre: Holiday
- Topics: Book Characters, Fairy Tales, Holidays, Wild Animals
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Harper
- Publication date: September 24, 2013
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 8
- Number of pages: 40
- Available on: Hardback
- Last updated: March 4, 2020
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
Where to Read
Our Editors Recommend
Holiday Books for Kids
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate