The Rabbit and The BearBy
Written By and Illustrated by Ivan Gantschev, Translation by J. Allison James
Bulgarian born author and artist, Ivan Gantshev weaves a wonderful winter tale about a rabbit and a bear. The story takes place on Christmas Eve as two hunters make their way into the forest and come upon a little bunny. Fleeing the hunters, she takes refuge in a cave and awakens a bear who is having the most marvelous dream. In her dream, the little bear is in a far-off country and she sees a couple looking for shelter so their baby can be born. The dream unfolds a breath-taking description of the birth of Christ and the bear is in awe. The rabbit helps to explain Christmas and a nearby owl shares a prophesy that the baby from the dream will help protect the poor and the weak.
Does the rabbit remain safe and secure on Christmas Eve? What will the hungry bear do before she settles down for the rest of her winter sleep? Check out this book and be transported into the quiet setting of a wintery woods where miracles create the most beautiful and inspiring of stories.
Award-winning illustrator Ivan Gantschev has a special genius for snow-filled settings as fans of his feisty Snow Leopards already know. In this deep winter tale, Rabbit is running to avoid some Christmas Day hunters when he falls into a snow covered cave--right on top of a hibernating bear! Roused from hibernation, Bear tells Rabbit about a strange dream of a woman giving birth on a starlit desert night surrounded by animals. Rabbit realizes that Bear has had a Christmas dream. Rabbit tells his new friend about the birth of Jesus on that night long ago. Perfect for Christmas sharing, this story shows the birth of Jesus from a truly unique perspective. Gantschev's warm watercolors give a feeling of coziness and brightness that is sure to appeal to parents and children alike.