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17 Christmases Hardcover – September 26, 2010
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The text has a strong Evangelical Christian slant, with many references to Jesus and the Nativity story as well as praying 'that Christ's love spreads to all of the nations!' Bright illustrations in deep hues depict the crowd of relatives and the family's trusty station wagon buzzing along from state to state. -- Kirkus Review <br><br> (Kirkus Review)
From the Back Cover
I thank God for Jesus and family galore, For seventeen Christmases---never a chore. Christmas is full of adventure when the family decides to go on a holiday road trip. They start in California and travel to North Carolina and then to Colorado. And that's only the beginning! New sights and ways to celebrate the birth of Jesus abound. All this plus the special visits with family and friends turn the holidays into seventeen wonderful Christmases.
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From my 5 year old: I like that they traveled and they were being silly. I love this book.
From my 2 year old who is opening the book up right now: He liked the travel.
This book is the story of a family traveling to see 17 different relatives who live all across the country. Their travel is rather illogical and that's my only minor complaint with this book. The pictures are fun in this book and the writing is full of rhyme. If you travel a lot or have family all over the U.S., this would be a fun book to read to them to explain what Christmas is like in different parts of the country. I happened to grow up in L.A. and wore shorts every Christmas, but my family lives in a part of the country where we often get snow on Christmas. It was fun to be able to talk to my kids about the page from L.A. and share with them what Christmas was like where I grew up.
I'm a fan of the multipurpose children's book. First and foremost, my kids enjoyed this cute story. It's good for pre-readers as well as new readers. It's educational and provides a nice map of the US for kids to follow the family's travels. It touches on Jesus' birth and some of the different ways Christians celebrate Christmas. More than anything, it highlights the joy of family and being with them during the holidays. By the time the book ends, these kids have wonderful Christmas memories that aren't about presents.
This is certainly a delightful book and one that will stay on my shelf. At ages 6 and 8 my kids have almost outgrown it, but for the next couple of years I'm sure it'll get plenty of use.
I have grandchildren this age and this book will be in my home a long time so that they may enjoy it at Granny's house.
This book was sent to me free from Zonderkidz to review in my own words.