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Friday, November 20, 2009

I Love Christmas (Picture Book)



Released October 2009

www.kids.simonandschuster.com

Reviewed by Bob Walch

Ollie loves everything about Christmas. He loves the crinkly paper, tinsel and string. He loves making ornaments that glitter and helping his Nanna bake the Christmas cake.

"I love stars in the sky, and joyful angels dancing by. I love to sing about Santa - he's coming tonight! I love to watch the twinkly Christmas light," says Ollie as he gazes at the family's nicely decorated Christmas tree.

But, best of all, Ollie tells us he enjoys sitting on his bed with Fred, his spotted dog, listening for Santa's sleigh bells.

This simple holiday picture book featuring what appears to be a stuffed animal of some kind (Ollie is rather chunky and has horizontal. gray stripes all over his body) will appeal to preschoolers who will want to add their own ideas about what makes the holidays so special.

As you read this story aloud, be sure to ask your child what he or she loves about Christmas. If the youngster needs a little prodding, ask, "What kind of Christmas cookies do you like?" or "What are your favorite ornaments?" Once your little one gets into the "spirit of the story", you will have turned a passive experience into one that engages the child and gets him or her thinking.

By adding his or her "likes", the text is greatly expanded and this becomes a very enjoyable bedtime read.

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