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Christmas Is Coming! Hardcover – July 1, 2000
Ages 4-8. This collection of 27 poems reflects the familiar Christmas preparations. Most children will readily recognize the activities of the book's extended American family--hauling decorations from the attic, selecting the tree, building a snowman, writing Santa, hanging stockings, and making Christmas cookies. With the exception of somewhat unusual "Overstocked," a poem about using panty hose for a Christmas stocking, and "Grandpa's Gift," which concerns a little girl's surprise when she receives a present from her recently deceased grandpa, the poems are pleasant, but offer few vivid images to make them memorable. This may be partly due to their structural similarity. But joyful anticipation of the season still comes through, and children will appreciate the expressive illustrations, which reflect the holiday excitement. Shelley Townsend-Hudson
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About the Author
Charles Ghigna (a.k.a. Father Goose) is a poet, children's author, and nationally syndicated feature writer who helps promote the love of children's literature by speaking at schools, colleges, conferences, and libraries. He has written many books for children and adults which range from the 1990 Pulitzer Prize nominee RETURNING TO EARTH (Livingston University Press), to the popular children's book TICKLE DAY: POEMS FROM FATHER GOOSE (Disney-Hyperion). Debra Ghinga's poems appear in many children's magazines including Ladybug, Jack and Jill, Children's Playmate, Turtle, Lollipops, and Spider. She graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with a degree in history. Besides writing, she enjoys music, reading, folk art, and baseball. Charles and Debra live in Homewood, Alabama.
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