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Product Type: Books
Age: Late Elementary School Years
Categories: Holiday Books

 


2003 Award
The Night Before Christmas
(by Clement Clarke Moore/illus. by Robert Sabuda, Little Simon $25 Score:) Not since Sabuda did his Twelve Days of Christmas has there been such a spectacular holiday pop-up! From the mouse in the spinning clockworks to the sled flying over a pop-up snow-covered village, this is a book of "Oooooohs!" and "Aaaaahhhhhhs!" All ages.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2004 Award
The Christmas Gift for Mama
(Lauren Thompson/illus. by Jim Burke, Scholastic $16.95 Score:) Inspired by O. Henry’s “Gift of the Magi,” a tender story about a child who trades her treasured doll to replace a broken china figure that her mother loved. A moving story about the ache of loss and the joy of giving. We dare you to read it without a tear! 6–10.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
The 12 Days of Christmas
(Tad Hills, Little Simon $9.99 Score:) Anita Pig is swamped with the wonderful gifts her true love brings as you open the flaps and see the newest gift revealed. A small but pleasing book to sing. All ages.

Age: Infants,Toddlers,Preschool,Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
The Miracle of the Poinsettia
(Joanne Oppenheim/illus. by Fabian Negrin, Barefoot Books $16.99 Score:) Understandably, one of our new favorite titles. Inspired by an old Mexican folktale and our own family’s love of Mexico. With nothing to bring to the baby Jesus, Juanita gives from her heart with a miraculous outcome. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2008 Award
Great Joy
(by Kate DiCamillo /illus by Bagram Ibatoulline, Candlewick $16.99 Score:) Frances is getting ready for the Christmas pageant, but she is worried about where the organ grinder and his monkey, on the street corner, go at night. While adults, including her mother seem less concerned, Frances is more than curious. Set in the early 40’s this timepiece has a back-story that will not be apparent to children. Organ grinders are a thing of the past, as are the old fashioned cars, and fashions. The red, white and blue buntings mixed in with the Christmas decorations reflect the same era that only older grandparents will recall. Add to this, Frances’ father in his Naval uniform, who appears only in a photo on the shelf, but is never mentioned in the story. Paintings with a warm glow of another era add much to the power of this endearing story about the joy found in caring for others. A gem that connects the past and the present.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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