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What's Coming for Christmas? (Frances Foster Books) Hardcover – September 29, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Series: Frances Foster Books
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374399484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374399481
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,423,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreSchool-Grade 2–It is Christmastime on the farm, and both the humans and the animals are filled with anticipation. The much-awaited day comes, bringing presents under the tree and a new foal to the stable. The lovely understated text is full of sensory details, and the evocative soft-focus acrylic art strikes just the right balance between realism and wonder. This tender picture book captures both the material and the intangible elements of this special time of year.–Virginia Walter, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, CA END

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“The authors capture in bold colors, broad strokes and telling detail the anxious anticipation among children on a farm.” —The San Francisco Gate

"Another charmer from author Kate Banks and illustrator Georg Hallensleben, a duo known for conjuring intimate little worlds of word and image . . . . The book sustains its spell even beyond the last page." —BookPage
 
“A gently thrilling reminder of all the elements that make for a celebratory season.”—Starred, Publishers Weekly

“Few Christmas stories meld both the Santa and Nativity aspects of the holiday, but this effort succeeds admirably with both memorable art and a satisfying story.” —Starred, Kirkus Reviews
 
“A beautiful homage to Christmas past and present.” -Shelf Awareness

“In yet another successful collaboration, Banks and Hallensleben celebrate the wonders of the yuletide season.” —Horn Book

“The lovely understated text is full of sensory details, and the evocative soft-focus acrylic art strikes just the right balance between realism and wonder.” —School Library Journal

“This joyful picture book from longtime award-winning collaborators Banks and Hallensleben builds the anticipation of the holiday season.” —Booklist

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten G. Cutler on November 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
A sweet anticipation of "something was coming. You could see it in the way the snow whirled and twirled, making hills and bumps. In the way the children lay in snowbanks making angels" unfolds quietly in text and illustrations. A contrasting refrain opines, "But no one noticed the trail of footprints that wound around the barn. Or the bushy-tailed squirrels huddled outside the door. No one, no one, no one." This pattern of something coming and then something not being noticed continues until a surprise ending introduces a baby animal born in a barn. Gorgeous paintings illuminate peaceful winter scenes outside, children playing in the snow and cows meandering home to the barn while inside a family prepares to celebrate Christmas, children decorating a tree and baking cookies. Brown, blue and white tones reflect the quietness of a world silenced by snow and yellow, orange and red swathes vibrantly convey the warmth of a home lit by bright lights, and a glowing fire. This is a lovely book that offers a contemplative view of the Christmas celebration.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Catherine W. Hughes on November 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
All around the barn, from the paper snowflakes to the "sugarcoated" winter air, you could tell that "something was coming." With a jingle of sleigh bells, stockings were filled and gifts were left under the tree. Snacks of cookies and carrots were taken, but no one was there to see. And a new pony came into the world, with a star above, with joy for all to see.
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