Bear's friends awaken him the day before Christmas and help him to stay awake as they bake fruitcakes, fill stockings, and sing carols; then, while they sleep, he prepares his own surprise.
On a cold winter night many animals gather to party in the cave of a sleeping bear, who then awakes and protests that he has missed the food and the fun.
"It's time for Bear to hibernate but he can't sleep, so his friends all band together to help"-- Provided by publisher.
While taking a walk with Mouse, Bear meets many other friends and sees colours everywhere.
Bear thanks his friends for bringing food dishes to his dinner party and finds a way of sharing something of his own.
When Bear is too sick to play, his animal friends go to his cave to make him soup and tea and keep him company.
Unhappy in his cramped, cold hole, Mortimer Mouse moves into a nativity scene thinking it is the perfect home for him, until he discovers who truly belongs there.
As friends Bear and Mouse share a day together, Bear counts various objects, from one to five, and the reader is invited to do the same.
Egged on by a ground squirrel, a dog named Doug digs miles underground--taking a detour through the White House--until he returns home, goes to bed, and dreams of digging some more.
While all the other animals on the farm enjoy eating their regular food, the cow chooses to eat the one thing that she loves best.
When Bear discovers he has a loose tooth, his friends try to help make it fall out.
When spring comes, Bear wakes up very hungry and is treated to great food by his friends.
"A big bear and a small mouse discover all of the opposites between their animal friends"-- Provided by publisher.
Bear and his friends persuade a bashful owl to play with them.
After Little Pip the penguin gets lost she meets a whale, a kelp gull, and sled dogs who cannot help her, but with the aid of her family's song, home finds her.
When his stubborn pigs refuse a sudsy cleaning, a determined farmer learns that mud baths can be just as fun.
Dormouse hibernates and dreams of spring until spring arrives, and along with it comes his dormouse friend.