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Also by Mike Berenstain:

The Berenstain Bears' Valentine Love Bug

The Berenstain Bears' Lemonade Stand

The Berenstain Bears Go Green
The Berenstain Bears and the Tooth Fairy

Also illustrated by James Dean:

Pete the Cat: Too Cool for School (My First I Can Read!)

These four children's on various aspects of Christmas are all aimed at teaching young boys and girls how to love reading.

Charlie and the Christmas Kitty is the engaging and cheery follow- up to Charlie the Ranch Dogi>. Even though adorable basset hound Charlie is skeptical of the new kitten in his life, he comes to love the friendly feline--and little readers will come to love this book.

Old-Fashioned Christmas follows the famous Berenstain Bears as they visit Grizzly Gramps and Gran for the holidays. They want--as the title suggests--an old-fashioned Christmas without TV or video games. Instead, they learn about some family history and listen to Gramps' player piano. Authors Stan and Jan Berenstain have been writing and illustrating children's books since 1962, and their more than 340 titles have sold a staggering 260 million copies.

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas is a wonderfully witty spin on the traditional holiday piece The Night Before Christmas. Pete the Cat gives all of himself in the spirit of the holiday and is rewarded many times over. The book begins:

'Twas the day before Christmas and Santa was ill.
In the cold winter wind he had caught a bad chill.
Will Christmas be canceled? Will it come to that?
"Never!" cried Santa.
"Let's call Pete the Cat!"
As the tagline of this book suggests--A Seek and Solve Mystery--Santa on the Loose follows in the tradition of the Where's Waldo-styled books. Readers must untangle the verbal clues as well as search through delightful double-page panoramas of illustrations in order to find Santa--and to figure out who's stealing all the toys. The ending is cute and will leave little readers grinning.

All four books have wonderful illustrations and will engage young readers for hours on end. Nothing in the world is as important as teaching young people that reading is the coolest thing in the world, and these books will help them reach that realization this holiday season.

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