A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Little kids will learn to identify animals as well as musical instruments in a marching band.
Christmastime is a happy time, full of music.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Christmas Parade is a joyful rhyming picture book from author-illustrator Sandra Boynton in which different wild and farm animals play in a marching band that ushers in the arrival of Christmas. The book features lots of red and green, a Christmas tree, and the words "joy" and "Merry Christmas," but there's no religious content. Preschool-age kids will enjoy identifying the animals, colors, and musical instruments in Boynton's cheerful pictures. There also are small groups of animals to count.
Is It Any Good?
Christmas Parade is not necessarily one of the essential Sandra Boynton books, but it's joyful and cute, and it teaches children to recognize different musical instruments and animals. As with many other Boynton picture books, this one can be used to help teach young children to count and recite rhymes. This is a cheerful, educational, and totally nonreligious Christmas book for preschoolers.
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