Parents' Guide to

Christmastime

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 2+

Cozy, nostalgic look at the classic elements of the season.

Book Alison Jay Holiday 2012
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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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