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ONE SPECIAL CHRISTMAS

Author: M. Christina Butler

Illustrator: Tina Macnaughton

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Publisher: Tiger Tales, 2013

Material: hard cover

Summary: Santa delivers his sleigh of gifts to Little Hedgehog's house with a note. He has a cold; could Little Hedgehog deliver the presents? He was in such a hurry, that he crashed the sleigh. So many presents, so little time - can Little Hedgehog deliver on his promise to Sannta? Christmas and friendship combine in this holiday story for children.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 2 to 9

Reading Level: 2.9

Age of Child: Read with an 11-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: "You're never too old for a Christmas book, mom!" Our daughter loves hedgehogs, and loved One Snowy Night (in her personal library), so she *had* to read it. Just as she did when she was younger, she loved rubbing her hand on Little Hedgehog's hat.

Adult Reader Reaction: Clever and refreshing. I loved that Little Hedgehog's effort wasn't perfect (but it wasn't the weather), not once, but twice. This is a story that is truly about the season, and Santa takes a back seat. Children who are sensory seekers will enjoy touching Little Hedgehog's hat and following the yarn with their fingers.

Pros: Fuzzy pages and an adorable hedgehog combine for a warm family story for Christmas.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a wonderful, original story. Kids who like to touch their books will love the hedgehog's fuzzy hat.

If You Liked This Book, Try: ONE SNOWY NIGHT   LITTLE WHISTLE'S CHRISTMAS   MURIEL'S RED SWEATER

Educational Themes: Snuggle up to enjoy reading this story aloud. There are themes of gratitude, friendship, and helping others. but this is really just a story to enjoy reading aloud.

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, animal characters, Christmas, Christian

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2014

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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