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Ezra Jack Keats' The Little Drummer Boy and Four More Holiday Stories

By Colette DeDonato, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Scholastic drums up memorable multicultural tales.

Movie NR 2006 42 minutes
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In unison, these distinct, cross-cultural stories make for a well-rounded winter holiday exploration. The Little Drummer Boy it might be the least interesting and engaging to your little ones. The other three stories offer much more.

Christopher Lloyd provides the delightfully manic narration for Merry Christmas, Space Case; the young character in Sam and the Lucky Money expresses truly heartfelt compassion, and The Tomten, updated by Astrid Lindgren (author of Pippi Longstocking), is considered the perfect bedtime story in Northern Europe for good reason.

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