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Author: Elizabeth Bennett

Illustrator: Gladys Baccala

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Publisher: Tiger Tales,

Material: board book

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.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, Christmas, family, rhyme, grandparents

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2012

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