Christmas Gifts

Christmas Gifts

by Susan O'Keefe, Jennifer Emery
     
 

Giving gifts at Christmas is a way of showing our love. But Christmas offers its own gifts, which aren't wrapped up under the tree. Praying, caroling, worshiping, and family are just some of the joys of Christmas that are wondrous gifts in themselves. With gentle rhymes and loving illustrations, this charming book reminds young and old of the Christmas gifts the

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Giving gifts at Christmas is a way of showing our love. But Christmas offers its own gifts, which aren't wrapped up under the tree. Praying, caroling, worshiping, and family are just some of the joys of Christmas that are wondrous gifts in themselves. With gentle rhymes and loving illustrations, this charming book reminds young and old of the Christmas gifts the season offers.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The excitement of Christmas eve, the delight of opening gifts and the joy of seeing friends and family members are expressed in simple poetic lines. Emery's illustrations work hand-in-hand with the text to create scenes to which a child can relate. The children in the story peek out the window on a moonlit, snow-covered scene. Santa lifts packages out of his sack. The next morning, one of the sisters and the baby brother place the Christ child in the manger. This family of five bakes and decorates cookies together as the text reads, "Everywhere,/ gifts to share./ Each reflecting/ God's own care." Emery is more successful with scenery than faces but young children are apt to overlook that. The text reflects a religious Christmas theme, but includes many symbols of the holiday. One of the few Christmas books with a text short enough for very young children. 2004, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 2 to 4.
—Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A simple rhyming text in large print presents a white middle-class family preparing for Christmas with relatives and friends: "Tree is trimmed,/lights are dimmed. /Prayers are said/and carols hymned." The focus is on togetherness and appreciation of the true meaning of the holiday as the real gifts. Attractive, boldly hued watercolors frame each page with a different seasonal motif, perfectly complementing the text. A comforting, cozy lap or bedtime read-aloud.-M. W. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590780831
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Susan Heyboer O'Keefe is the author of many books, including Love Me, Love You, which Publishers Weekly hailed as "[A] valentine to the mother-child bond." She lives in Edgewater, New Jersey.

Jennifer Emery is a free-lance illustrator and a graduate of the Columbus College of Art & Design. She is the illustrator of I Heard a Bluebird Sing. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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