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Counting to Christmas Hardcover – October, 1998

4.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2?This charming secular book lovingly details a young girl's activities as she counts down the days of December from the first to Christmas Day. Full- and double-page spreads present softly colored watercolor-and-ink artwork highlighted by cheery, bright Christmas reds. Tafuri's signature large-scale pictures are paired with simple sentences using active verbs: "Days 1, 2, and 3/ I paint, cut,/ and paste." Accompanied on most pages by her furry gray dog (sometimes readers will have to hunt to find him), the child bakes, sends cards, makes decorations, and wraps presents. An end section gives how-to instructions and recipes for the yuletide cards, popcorn-cranberry garland, spicy gingerbread cookies, and outdoor animal treats mentioned. This special book is about the love and spirit of the season, and successfully demonstrates how to celebrate Christmas without the overwhelming commercialism so often associated with it.?LF
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Ages 2^-5. Using Advent calendar motifs, this picture book focuses on the activities of a little girl in the days before Christmas. "Days 1, 2, and 3 / I paint, cut, and paste" accompanies a double-page spread of the child pasting a yellow star onto a sheet of red paper. The illustration for "Days 21, 22, and 23 / I trim and gaze" shows her hanging an ornament on a Christmas tree. Words such as trim and gaze may take some explanation for young children, but they'll be interested in the girl's preparations. The large scale of the illustrations relative to the size of the page and the bright colors used throughout make this an excellent choice for story hours. The book ends with a few pages of suggested activities: making holiday cards, popcorn-cranberry garlands, gingerbread cookies, and decorations that can be eaten by animals. A holiday treat for Tafuri fans. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 500L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1st edition (October 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590271431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590271431
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 12.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,182,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on August 20, 2003
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The pictures are bold and capture little attentions right away! We find something new to point out all the time. We checked this book out from the library and fell in love. Santa then gave it to her in exchange for the cookies she baked him. It really helped my 3 year old understand the days involved until Christmas. It also gave me some ideas on traditions we could start as we wait those long 25 days!!
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The illustrations present the book's whimsical narrative through artful perspective and a glorious, bright palette. Old-fashioned attention to detail and quality show the artist's respect for her audience. Children will this book and adults will love to read it.
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A wonderful book, a great, fast read for toddlers. We bought this book based solely on the fact that the girl's companion was a Keeshond. My son's dog Beowulf is a keeshond, a breed you never see represented in children's books.
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I bought this book mostly because it featured a keeshond (dog), but the story is a good one as well. My grandchildren and great-grandchildren have all enjoyed it.
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I really liked the art but this is a book for maybe a 4 year old. There is little to NO story. It was not a term jerking christmas tale like i was hoping for. But pretty pictures.
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