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Summary: From December first until Christmas morning, there is something to do every day to help prepare for Christmas. This is a story that describes the activities associated with preparing for Christmas.
Type of Reading: family reading, any time reading, learning to read
Recommended Age: 2 to 5
Age of Child: started reading at 3 years old
Young Reader Reaction: It only took three readings before our preschooler started completing the sentences and describing the activities on each page. The repetition hasn't squashed his/her interest in reading it "again, Mommy."
Adult Reader Reaction: What s/he loves quickly became tedious to us. Each page is a single sentence with a couple of verbs. It does have the right spirit, with Santa's arrival only a small part of the story's focus.
Pros: The print is over-sized so that it takes up a lot of the page. The activities are (largely) ones that a young child recognizes and can do him/herself.
Cons: This is a fairly simplistic representation of the holiday.
Borrow or Buy: Skip it. There are lots of great stories out there that deal with the excitement that comes with Christmas.
Educational Themes: Each of the days is represented by ordinals, so counting and number recognition are possible.
Literary Categories: Fiction - holiday
Date(s) Reviewed: November 2004
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