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The Biggest Smallest Christmas Present

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Teensy girl gets jumbo presents in charming Christmas story.

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This playful, inventive holiday book combines a Santa story with a kid-pleasing one about a tiny creature living in a too-big world. The Biggest Smallest Christmas Present echoes classics like Thumbelina and Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Two Bad Mice, in which a mouse couple takes up residence in a dollhouse, stories that are fun for kids since they themselves are small creatures in a big world. This story also has a distinctly contemporary feel. Tiny Clementine has a buoyant spirit, as does the text. "Most of the time, it was fun to be tiny." And though she's never daunted by the challenges of her size, she's determined to communicate her needs, making her a perfect role model for girls.

Author-illustrator Harriet Muncaster has loads of fun picturing tiny, tenacious Clementine next to her looming toys, giving kids plenty to inspect visually. This fresh take on Christmas is a welcome addition to a family's holiday shelf, and is enjoyable enough that it could even become a surprise off-season favorite.

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