Counting Christmas

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Join in the fun and count down to a magical Christmas!

Count all of the Christmas joy with this bedtime book, now in a sturdy format perfect for the youngest readers.

This holiday companion to the bestselling "Counting Kisses!" depicts three children, their cat, and their dog all getting ready for Christmas.

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Overview

Join in the fun and count down to a magical Christmas!

Count all of the Christmas joy with this bedtime book, now in a sturdy format perfect for the youngest readers.

This holiday companion to the bestselling "Counting Kisses!" depicts three children, their cat, and their dog all getting ready for Christmas.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Katz (Counting Kisses) has got kids' number in this sweet counting book that taps into the air of anticipation on Christmas Eve. Three children and their parents prepare for a celebration with all the fixin's-10 lights, nine presents, eight cookies for Santa, etc., which help add up to "one magical day for families and children to share." A mix of collage, gouache and colored pencil creates a kaleidoscope of hues and patterns. With their large heads and minimalist features, Katz's rosy-cheeked, smiling figures have the appealing semblance of sweet-faced baby dolls. Ages 3-6. (Oct.) FYI: Katz brings the same cheerful illustrative style to My First Kwanzaa, a picture-book introduction to the seven principles celebrated during the weeklong festival of African heritage (Holt, $14.95 ages 2-5 ISBN 0-8050-7077-X; Nov.). Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
One of my pet peeves about many counting books is that they are unnecessarily confusing to the child just learning to count. Kids enjoy hunting for the objects on the page, but leaving them partially obscured or including other objects that could easily be added into the count just leads to frustration. Unfortunately, this book commits both of those errors. It starts out well—"ten tiny lights get twirled around the tree" is accompanied by bold graphics that make the lights fun to count. Parents can follow up with "how many purple lights can you count?" However, "seven velvet stockings hang above the hearth" includes one stocking partly blocked by two children; this stocking also falls into the crease between the two pages and is easily overlooked. "Four loving arms wrap hugs around each child" sounds as if each parent has four arms apiece, but the illustration is confusing because the childrens' arms are more easily seen than the parents' are, adding up to ten arms in the illustration. The layout of the book is inviting, with the number displayed prominently in decimal and written form on the page facing the illustration, with the appropriate number of snowflakes below the text. 2003, Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster, Ages 3 to 5.
— Dr. Judy Rowen
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Three young children make the transition from Christmas Eve to Christmas Day by counting backward from 10 to 1. (Perhaps a more apt title would be "Countdown Christmas.") The concept is accentuated by the representation of each number as a numerical expression, as a written word, and as an appropriate quantity of decorative snowflakes. The collage, gouache, and colored-pencil illustrations are cheery and have a nice textural feel, with a plethora of seasonal motifs packed into every bit of space. (Some of the layouts have a full page of blank background to the text, allowing for some visual serenity.) The text is brief and lyrical, but is marred by an inconsistent rhyme scheme. Nevertheless, children will enjoy this depiction of a loving family as they carry out their pre-yule preparations and wake up on that magical day.-L. I. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416936244
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publication date: 10/2/2007
  • Series: Classic Board Books Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 625,557
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Katz

Karen Katz has written and illustrated more than fifty picture books and novelty books including the bestselling Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? After graduating from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, she attended the Yale Graduate School of Art and Architecture where she became interested in folk art, Indian miniatures, Shaker art, and Mexican art. Her book, Counting Kisses, was named one of the 100 Greatest Books for Kids by Scholastic Parent & Child and was a Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection. Karen, her husband Gary Richards, and their daughter Lena divide their time between New York City and Saugerties, New York. Learn more about Karen Katz at KarenKatz.com.

Karen Katz has written and illustrated more than fifty picture books and novelty books including the bestselling Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? After graduating from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, she attended the Yale Graduate School of Art and Architecture where she became interested in folk art, Indian miniatures, Shaker art, and Mexican art. Her book, Counting Kisses, was named one of the 100 Greatest Books for Kids by Scholastic Parent & Child and was a Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection. Karen, her husband Gary Richards, and their daughter Lena divide their time between New York City and Saugerties, New York. Learn more about Karen Katz at KarenKatz.com.

Biography

From painting and sculpture to quiltmaking and costume design, Karen Katz has been making art in one form or another all her life. But it was not until she and her husband adopted a baby from Guatemala that she considered a career in children's books. Published in 1997, her debut picture book, Over the Moon, told the story of one adoptive family's happy beginnings in a country far away. Since then, Katz has gone on to create many award-winning picture, board, and novelty books that capture the joys of childhood in simple storylines, vibrant colors, and winsome illustrations. Some include count-down elements (Counting Kisses, Ten Tiny Tickles) or interactive features (Where Is Baby's Belly Button?, Peek-A-Baby); still others introduce holiday traditions (My First Kwanzaa, My First Chinese New Year) or reinforce good habits, manners, or behavior (Excuse Me!, No Biting!, I Can Share).

Perhaps the secret to Katz's success (besides the undeniable appeal of her signature round-headed babies!) can be summed up in this quote taken directly from the author/artist's website: "When an idea for a story pops into my head, I ask these questions: Will a child want to read this book? Will parents want to read this book with their children? Will this book make a child laugh? Will this book make a parent and child feel something? Is there something visual here that will hold a child's interest? Will a child see something in a different way after reading this book? If the answer to any of those questions is 'yes,' then I know I'm on the right track."

Good To Know

Katz explains the difference between designing picture books and board books in this way:
Picture books usually have more words in them but they tell more of a narrative story. Board books are usually simpler. They are generally 6 spreads and are about one concept. When I create a board book, I try to make something that is very interactive for the baby, with flaps and pull tabs and lots of surprises. Board books are a perfect size for a baby's hand to hold and touch. Babies can have an experience all by them selves with a good board book and can also have a good lap-time experience with a mommy or daddy or caregiver. Picture books take a little more care since the pages can rip. With a board book, you can throw it in a stroller, chew on the corners and even wipe off mashed peas.

Katz has received numerous awards for her work, including:

  • Smithsonian, People, and Parent Guide magazines Best Books designation, all 1997, all for Over the Moon
  • Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award nomination, Florida Reading Association Award nomination, and Child magazine Best Book designation, all 2000, all for The Colors of Us
  • National Parenting Publications Gold Award, and Child magazine Best Book designation, both 2001, and Bank Street School Books Committee Best Book designation, 2002, all for Counting Kisses
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award, 2002, for Counting Kisses and Twelve Hats for Lena.
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      1. Education:
        Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia; Yale Graduate School of Art and Architecture
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      Posted February 19, 2012

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      My sister bought this peice of crap book.

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