A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Teaches a gentle lesson about kindness and sharing.
Be nice. Don't be selfish. Sharing can make you feel good. You may be rewarded for your kindness.
Positive Role Models
Cat starts out selfish but learns to be nice and share. The narrator is patient and kindly gives Cat a present. Santa is kind and makes Cat feel special and appreciated.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Here Comes Santa Cat, by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Claudia Rueda, is another sweet and funny holiday tale from the team that created Here Comes the Easter Cat. Once again, Cat must overcome his selfish ways. And once again he speaks only through signs he holds up to answer the narrator's questions. Cat starts out trying to impersonate Santa, but ultimately learns how to be nice, to share, and gets rewarded by the real Santa for his kindness.
Is It Any Good?
Underwood shows there's more clever fun to be had with the star of the wonderfully original Here Comes the Easter Cat, who speaks directly to the unseen narrator only through signs. In this even more universal story, Cat must conquer his greedy tendencies and learn it's more blessed to give than to receive. And that being nice isn't that hard.
Claudia Reuda's spare, expressive drawings in ink and colored pencil on stark white pages show Cat's shifting emotions, hopes, and epiphanies. They look a lot like the quickly changing moods of a little kid, so young readers (and their parents) will have no trouble relating.
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