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Children's LiteratureGlitter adorns the cover and Richard Scarry's illustrations fill the pages with fun and lively action as the animals prepare for and celebrate the Christmas season. Eighteen individual stories are collected here, ranging from "The Singing Christmas Tree" to "A Very Big Christmas." Each story is several pages long so the book can be spread over the course of several readings, although some children will demand "just one more." The stories have the sensibilities and mores of the fifties, messages of sharing and goodwill abound. Grandmas and Grandpas who remember this one from their childhood will be very pleased to see this old favorite reissued so that they can share its joys with the little people in their lives. Children can spend hours pouring over the detailed pictures. 2005 (orig. 1950), Golden Books/Random House, and Ages 3 to 8.