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A Christmas Dictionary

A Christmas Dictionary

by Beverly Vidrine, Patrick Soper (Illustrator)

From angels to Yuletide, this beautiful alphabet book illustrates the Christmas season.


From angels to Yuletide, this beautiful alphabet book illustrates the Christmas season.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
In some cases the choice of words is a stretch (December 25, Greetings, Holiday, Icicle and Indiana) and the book offers a mix of the secular and religious. The definitions are decidedly uneven with some such as the one about a town in Indiana called Santa Claus constituting a paragraph while other get less than a dozen words. The artwork is passable, but the combination of text and art do not create a memorable book.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4This needless addition to an already overcrowded holiday scene supposedly defines one, two, or three words for each of the 26 letters of the alphabet. Unfortunately, many of the words have a very tenuous connection to Christmas, e.g., "Indiana," "kindness," "lights." Sometimes, the entries are simply explained or rephrased. The text is tiresome and flat: "Carol. A song about Christmas is called a carol"; "Dickens, Charles. Charles Dickens was an author"; and "Holiday. A day of freedom from work and school is called a holiday. Christmas is a favorite holiday." This offering has none of the anecdotes, amusing information, or clever presentation found in Lynda Graham-Barber's Ho! Ho! Ho! The Complete Book of Christmas Words (Bradury, 1993). Uneven layout, insipid art, and a confusing pronunciation guide all contribute to an unsuccessful reference resource.

Product Details

Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
ABC Ser.
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 5 Years

Meet the Author

Beverly Barras Vidrine is a member of the Writers' Guild of Acadiana and the Society of Children's Book Writers and
Illustrators. She is also the author of Easter Day Alphabet, St. Patrick's Day Alphabet , A Mardi Gras Dictionary, and A Christmas Dictionary , all published by Pelican. Mrs. Vidrine lives in Lafayette, Louisiana.

The lush surroundings of his south Louisiana home and studio often influence the work of award-winning illustrator Patrick Soper. The work of Patrick Soper, a member of the Society of Illustrators, has appeared in national publications such as Outdoor Life, Organic Gardening, and West Coast Book Review. In addition to Cendrillon: A Cajun Cinderella, he has illustrated Cajun Folktales, Contes Populaires Cadiens, Mardi Gras in the Country, and A Christmas Dictionary, all published by Pelican.

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