Counting to Christmas

Counting to Christmas

by Nancy Tafuri
     
 

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A day-by-day Christmas countdown with Caldecott Honor author/illustrator Nancy Tafuri. This book also shows children how to make Christmas cards, cookies, popcorn string, and animal treats. See more details below

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A day-by-day Christmas countdown with Caldecott Honor author/illustrator Nancy Tafuri. This book also shows children how to make Christmas cards, cookies, popcorn string, and animal treats.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
A little girl counts down the days in December until Christmas. On days 1, 2 and 3 she makes homemade cards, days 4 and 5 she mails them, etc. Thus, although we hear the numbers 1 through 25, this is not a counting book per se. The oversize illustrations each center on the little girl and her dog, and are full of winter scenes and color. Except for Christmas Day, the girl's face is flat and expressionless; the dog seems much more interested in the activities depicted. Recipes for gingerbread cookies and popcorn garlands are included at the back. This book would be most appreciated by families who share traditional crafts and activities during the Christmas season.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2--This charming secular book lovingly details a young girl's activities as she counts down the days of December from the first to Christmas Day. Full- and double-page spreads present softly colored watercolor-and-ink artwork highlighted by cheery, bright Christmas reds. Tafuri's signature large-scale pictures are paired with simple sentences using active verbs: "Days 1, 2, and 3/ I paint, cut,/ and paste." Accompanied on most pages by her furry gray dog (sometimes readers will have to hunt to find him), the child bakes, sends cards, makes decorations, and wraps presents. An end section gives how-to instructions and recipes for the yuletide cards, popcorn-cranberry garland, spicy gingerbread cookies, and outdoor animal treats mentioned. This special book is about the love and spirit of the season, and successfully demonstrates how to celebrate Christmas without the overwhelming commercialism so often associated with it.--LF

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590271431
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
12.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.39(d)
Lexile:
500L (what's this?)
Age Range:
2 - 7 Years

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