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“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
Summary: The winter holidays are here. We have to get ready, our family and friends are coming ... and so is the new year. This is a seasonal rhyming story for young children and new readers.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 5; read yourself: 6 to 8
Interest Level: 1 to 6
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is not only adorable but sturdy! The rhyme scheme is fun, and I loved how it includes the new year. Each page has something "shiny" (like a glittery bow) and texture. Although this is a book you'll read with toddlers and preschoolers, first graders will be very proud to read it themselves, too.
Pros: Great rhymes, bright colors and lots of activity make the warmth of the holidays contagious.
Cons: None, really. The story doesn't include the word "Christmas," but all the images suggest Christmas over other holidays. That's a shame, because it would be a fun book to read no matter how you celebrate.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is adorable, sturdy, and a great way to kick off the holidays.
Educational Themes: This is a story about getting ready for Christmas. The illustrations have lots of activity and things you can explore together.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.