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Four Friends at Christmas

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Sweet, simple holiday tale to share with friends.

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This is a happy little story that kids will love. First of all, it is about four animal friends (a frog, cat, dog, and pig), the fun of Christmas, and, of course, Santa Claus. The text is a simple, straightforward narrative sprinkled with dialogue, and at times repetitive in the way kids like for read-alouds. The illustrations are expressive, humorous, and gentle -- full of fun themselves and painted in colors that are red and bright, yet not glossy. Any fan of Tomie de Paola will recognize the undeniable quality of his work, and this book is no exception.

Tomie dePaola's artwork is distinctively simple and kid-friendly. Strong lines outline clever drawings, the animal characters have sweet friendly faces, and each illustration shows just enough to move the story along.

Book Details

  • Author: Tomie dePaola
  • Illustrator: Tomie dePaola
  • Genre: Holiday
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: October 6, 2009
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 8
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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