I Love Christmas

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In this sweet, engaging picture book, Ollie and his pet dog Fred celebrates all the things they love about Christmas.

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Overview

In this sweet, engaging picture book, Ollie and his pet dog Fred celebrates all the things they love about Christmas.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Ollie, a stuffed animal, and his little dog Fred love everything about Christmas. In simple, rhyming text that is hand-lettered on crisp white paper Ollie enumerates all that he loves about the holiday. Crinkly paper, an angel with one wing, baking cookies with Nanna, the stars in the sky, lights twinkling on the tree and best of all listening for the bells on Santa's sleigh are just some of his favorite things. The watercolor illustrations have a simplicity and child-like quality to them that make them the perfect compliment to the story. It's cheerful, it's festive, it's charming and it is reminiscent of the simplicity of M.B. Goffstein. This is an ideal selection for toddlers and preschoolers. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1–A zebra named Ollie runs down some of his favorite holiday activities. Sweet, soft watercolors show Ollie and his dog decorating the Christmas tree, baking holiday treats with Nanna, and waiting for Santa, creating a cozy, merry accompaniment to the simple rhyming text. This is a great choice for a lap-sit and also as a read-alone for beginning readers.–Maureen Wade, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Ollie is a gray-striped animal, perhaps a toy rabbit or zebra. He seems to live alone with his dog, Fred, but he does have a loving grandmother who bakes a Christmas cake with him. In the short, first-person narration, Ollie describes his preparations for the holiday. He and Fred set out a Nativity set, make their own decorations, trim their tree and spot Santa as he passes by in the sky. Each page has just a few words of rhyming text, set in a large font that looks like a child's printing. Simple watercolor illustrations of the characters stand out against white backgrounds, extending the childlike simplicity of the effort. This would be an excellent choice for a toddler's first book about the Christmas season and could also serve as an early reader. (Picture book. 1-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416983170
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna Walker, author and illustrator of the I Love series, lives in Melbourne, Victoria. She completed a degree in Graphic Design in 1994 before becoming a freelance illustrator. Anna's illustrations have enjoyed international success in a broad range of products, from greeting cards to Christmas decorations. Anna's work has gained recognition in regular exhibitions and a Melbourne Art Directors Club award for best illustration. Visit her at www.annawalker.com.au.

Anna Walker, author and illustrator of the I Love series, lives in Melbourne, Victoria. She completed a degree in Graphic Design in 1994 before becoming a freelance illustrator. Anna's illustrations have enjoyed international success in a broad range of products, from greeting cards to Christmas decorations. Anna's work has gained recognition in regular exhibitions and a Melbourne Art Directors Club award for best illustration. Visit her at www.annawalker.com.au.

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