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Summary: The barnyard animals are getting ready to celebrate Christmas. When Ernest realizes his friend Chester is missing, he goes out into the snowy night to find him. In the true spirit of Christmas, it is the love of all the animals that bring Chester home. This is a holiday book with a nice twist on a traditional theme.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 8 to 10
Interest Level: 4 to 10
Reading Level: 3.3
Age of Child: Started reading with 3½-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: S/He liked the story, and quickly started acting it out, trying to help Ernest rescue Chester.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a really sweet story. You quickly get wrapped up in the story of helping everyone bring Chester safely home. It makes me want to seek out the other books in this series.
Pros: The story celebrates the season with a unique story. The setting is the stable, but it isn't over played. You can read this one all winter long.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a must have for your holiday collection.