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A CHRISTMAS STOCKING STORY

Author: Hilary Knight

Illustrator: Hilary Knight

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Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books, ©2003

Material: hard cover

Summary: It's Christmas Eve and the animals wash their stockings to have them ready for Santa to fill. Only their stockings don't seem to fit, and the gifts aren't quite what they expected. This is a Christmas story that blends sharing and problem-solving.

Type of Reading: family reading, bedtime story

Recommended Age: 0 to 7

Age of Child: read at 3 years old

Young Reader Reaction: S/He asked for this book night-after-night for almost two weeks. (Then it had to go back to the Library.) S/He liked seeing the animals' reactions to their gifts.

Adult Reader Reaction: This was fun to read. The animals are a nice change from the usual picture-book menagerie and the illustrations aren't your usual Christmas-card picture.

Pros: The book moves quickly, and the illustrations carry it along nicely.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least at first. Although listed for only infants/preschoolers at Amazon, it has potential as a read-aloud book for beginning readers.

If You Liked This Book, Try: LITTLE WHISTLE'S CHRISTMAS   SANDRA CLAUS; A Tiny Gift to Santa Brings a New Tradition to Christmas   LIZZY AND SKUNK

Educational Themes: The story offers an opportunity to talk about friendship and problem solving set in a Christmas context.

Literary Categories: fiction - holiday, animal stories

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2004

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