All bookseller links are provided so you can get more information about a book. We have affiliate relationships with Barefoot Books,, and Tapestry Books. All revenue generated from sales through these venues is used strictly to cover website costs and minimize donation requests and fundraising campaigns.

Play games that are reading-related. Check your closet for spelling games played with letter tiles or dice, or board ... More

      Printer Friendly

Click cover to buy:


Author: Hilary Knight

Illustrator: Hilary Knight

Reserve at the Library

Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books,

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: read together: 0 to 7; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 1 to 7

Reading Level: 3.3

Age of Child: Read with a child who was 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 - picture book, animal characters, Christmas, friendship

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2004

Other Reviews:


Copyright © 2003 - 2018. The Reading Tub, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
The Reading Tub and Turning a Page ... Opening the World are registered trademarks of The Reading Tub Inc.
No use of these trademarks is permitted without written approval of The Reading Tub, Inc.
Privacy Policy.     Site developed by Sites2BeSeen.