A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Covers all the yultide vocabulary, from "stocking" and "mistletoe" to "sleigh" and "carolers," and more.
Christmas is a fun and cozy time, enjoyed by kids and families, with presents on Christmas morning.
Positive Role Models
Santa and Mrs. Claus are kind and friendly, elves are industrious, an angel makes sure the brother and sister make it home from the North Pole in time to wake up on Christmas morning and open presents.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Chritsmastime is a warm, nostalgic picture book that identifies traditional elements of the Christmas season, from "mittens" and "mistletoe" to "holiday card" and "snow globe." With just one term per page or spread, parents can guide toddlers and preschoolers through the season. A parallel visual storyline shows a brother and sister making a Christmas Eve trip to the North Pole with Santa, then being brought home by an angel and opening presents on Christmas morning. Kids will expand their vocabulary and have fun spotting all sorts of little details and hints of well-known Christmas carols in the illustrations.
Is It Any Good?
Author-illustrator Alison Jay's gentle, nostalgic illustrations, with their cracked-glaze overlay -- have the look and feel of a classic. CHRISTMASTIME seems like a simple holiday vocabulary list at first, but other dimensions quickly emerge: the wordless story of the nighttime journey of the brother and sister, the treasure hunt to find hints of Christmas carols, and the compendium of all the different rituals and we associate with Christmas -- filling stockings, sending cards, caroling in a group, etc. It mixes common, cherished everyday activities with a fanciful journey to the North Pole, with polar bears and walruses. And the family cat and dog subtly team up in team up in many of the scenes. Spotting all the carol hints and sight gags are as fun as the charming text-free storyline.
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