A Merry Little Christmas: Celebrate From A to Z

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Christmas nostalgia shines in fun ABCs.





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Parents need to know that this book is all about the illustrations, which are true to the Mary Englebreit tradition of bright colors; vivid, warm-fuzzy textures; and recognizably sweet characters.

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What's the story?

The story rhymes its way through the alphabet as Gregory Mouse and his family enjoy the winter season and make preparations to celebrate the Christmas holidays.

Is it any good?


A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS is a Christmas carol in itself, especially if you're a Mary Englebreit fan. As usual, her illustrations are warm, friendly, and somewhat nostalgic, while the rhyming text is lyrical, thoughtful, and a bit playful. From A to Z, pictures and verse draw the reader gently into a magical world of holiday celebration.

Coming back to visit these pages is Gregory Mouse and his friends from Englebreit's The Night Before Christmas. Whether topping the Christmas tree with an angel, tromping through the snow with gifts, writing letters to Santa, or sledding with his friends, these cuddly characters spread holiday cheer wherever they go. Kids will pick up on that energy, and they too will enjoy all the fun the forest creatures seem to share.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the clever, artistic details in Englebreit's mouse world. They can search for items that begin with the letter presented on that page or find human items that the mice have converted into furniture and other useful things. They might spend time talking about mittens, snow, gingerbread, sleigh bells, stockings, or other objects they find tucked away on every page that bring the holiday season to mind -- and heart.

Book details

Author:Mary Engelbreit
Illustrator:Mary Engelbreit
Book type:Non-Fiction
Publisher:HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication date:September 26, 2006
Number of pages:40
Publisher's recommended age(s):3 - 7

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