Benjamin Bear is so impatient for Christmas to come. To help the time pass more quickly, his mother tells him that every day when he opens a door on his Advent calendar she'll tell him a story--""twenty-four stories all about another little bear and his long, arduous journey to Bethlehem. The little bear, led by a glittering star, meets many others on his travels across hot deserts, snowy mountains, and through dark, lonely nights. His adventures, filled with acts of heroism and kindness and many small miracles, show him the path to the Christ Child. And by journey's end Benjamin Bear--""and all youngsters who share the stories and their simple morals along with him--""will understand and celebrate the true spirit of Christmas.
Maja Dusikova was born in Slovakia. She studied graphics and book illustration in Bratislava. For the past 15 years she has successfully illustrated her work all over the world. Her art can also be seen in the Museums at the Vatican. Maja has illustrated over 40 children's books. She now lives in Florence. Antonie Schneider was born in Germany. She graduated in sociology and went on to study personal and social education, and later German theology and art education. She left a job as a teacher to join a publishing house in Munich. She has over ten titles published by North South.