A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Spotlights the tradition of singing Christmas carols. Touches upon neighborhood relationships and a sense of togetherness during the holidays.
Your positive holiday energy can be felt by everyone around you. You never know when something miraculous might happen! It's important to spread joy and kindness.
Positive Role Models
Stella inspires her neighborhood to spread Christmas joy and spend time together. Mercy the pig, General Washington the cat, and Maybelline, the horse are her supportive friends.
Stella is biracial (Black and White). Most of her neighbors have light skin.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Very Mercy Christmas is a continuation of the Mercy Watson book series, by author Kate DiCamillo. Readers get to join Mercy on another fun adventure, this time during Christmas! A fun read for fans of the series and newcomers alike. This book brings a refreshing view on holiday traditions of the past. A Very Mercy Christmas has positive messages about neighborliness, Christmas cheer, and holiday miracles.
Is It Any Good?
This is a fun read for the whole family that modernizes the classic Christmas tradition of caroling. A Very Mercy Christmas is whimsical, cheerful, and fun. The book shows the power of coming together as a community to spread Christmas cheer, and suggests we should always leave room for unexpected miracles. The holidays are a great time to introduce readers to the Mercy Watson book series.
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