Christmas is only two weeks away and Alicia is bubbling with excitement inAlicia and the Light Bulb People in Star Factory 13 by Barbara Roman. Aliciahas been asked by her mother to choose a lamp with a personality for her roomas a special holiday gift. Alicia is curious to know how a lamp can have apersonality and what exactly her mother means by that. Alicia's mother explainsto her that things come in different shapes, sizes, and colors and they give aspecial feeling. As Alicia's mother walks into the furniture store, Alicia isenchanted by the Christmas tree in the center of the furniture department.Alicia stands there, staring transfixed at the star atop the tree. Thesparkling tree transforms into a Golden Door and Alicia presses the button.From here, the story takes young readers on a magical trip along with Alicia.
The story introduces Alicia to different types of lights and there she meetsCarelia, who invites her to Star Factory Number 13. The floor has a magicalroom where used light bulbs prepare themselves to be stars. The concept isabsolutely magical and the lights, sparkles, and glitter capture the essenceand beauty of the Christmas season. The illustrations are gorgeous and bright,and they bring out the magic of the author's words beautifully. The story hasmagic, humor, and interesting life lessons that will captivate young readers.It is a good storybook for bedtime storytelling, gifting during the Christmasseason, and can be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms especially duringthe Christmas season. However, the story is suitable for any time of the yeartoo.