Max's Christmas

Kids will relate to appealing holiday tale.

What parents need to know

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this holiday tale revolves around Santa. It may reinforce some kids' belief in Santa, but could prompt others to question the legend.

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What's the story?

Who? When? Where? How? These are the questions children typically ask about the legendary Santa Claus, and little bunny Max is no different. Max decides to find out for himself whether Santa really exists. This story of the time-honored legend may reinforce some children's beliefs while prompting others to question the plausibility of Santa Claus.

Is it any good?


For families who have Santa as a part of their Christmas tradition, MAX'S CHRISTMAS will be welcomed year-round. Max, a trusting little bunny, often finds himself vulnerable to the antics of his wiser big sister, Ruby. But in this story, her magical tale of Santa Claus proves to be true, much to Max's delight and Ruby's surprise!

Rosemary Wells' charming watercolor paintings convey the warmth and spirit of the holidays. The backgrounds, typical of cartoon illustrations, are kept to a minimum but are dramatically shaded to give the impression of nighttime, which adds to the drama of the Santa mystery. The peculiar illustration of Santa's departure may elicit questions from children as to how it is possible to exit up a chimney.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Max's endless questions. When someone cuts off your questions with an abrupt "Because!" -- how do you feel? What would you ask Santa if you were to encounter him on Christmas Eve?

Book details

Author:Rosemary Wells
Illustrator:Rosemary Wells
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Penguin Group
Publication date:January 1, 1986
Number of pages:22
Publisher's recommended age(s):2 - 4

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