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Children's LiteratureLap readers of this board book can join Joe and Blue as the two television friends visit three families. At Purple Kangaroo's they are celebrating Kwanzaa, at Green Puppy's it is Christmas, and at Orange Kitten's it is Chanukah. The cheerful multi-media illustrations feature the cartoon characters, photos of Joe in various poses of amazement, and collaged items of the holiday. In addition, there are 45 flaps to open which reveal other accoutrements of the season. The little mystery of what Blue wants to build is solved in the end, as well: a snowman with bits saved from each celebration. It is a pleasant way to introduce young children to three winter holidays and then turn them loose to open and close all of those flaps while you enjoy a little time reading your own book. 2005, Simon Spotlight/Simon & Schuster, Ages 3 to 6.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.