Little Porcupine's Christmas

Little Porcupine's Christmas

by Joseph Slate, Felicia Bond
     
 

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Little Porcupine's mother calls him the "light of her life," but it's not until the night before Christmas, the very night of the Christmas play, that Little Porcupine sees the truth in her words.

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Little Porcupine's mother calls him the "light of her life," but it's not until the night before Christmas, the very night of the Christmas play, that Little Porcupine sees the truth in her words.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Little Porcupine is, quite literally, the star of the holiday play. First published in 1982 as How Little Porcupine Played Christmas, Joseph Slate's Little Porcupine's Christmas, illus. by Felicia Bond, remains as charming as ever. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Formerly published in 1982 as "How Little Porcupine Played Christmas," this Little Porcupine lacks a role in the school Christmas play but his mother tells him that he is the light of her life. This sustains him through the dreary week before the play. But at the performance, the cast realizes that they don't have a star and Little Porcupine climbs up into the Christmas tree to shine on the cast. Well, everyone has a place, be yourself, keep on keeping on¾the themes abound. Bond's sweet ink-line and colored pencil illustrations still look cozy and preschoolers will appreciate the special role a porcupine can play. 2001 (1982), HarperCollins, $9.95. Ages 4 to 7. Reviewer: Susan Hepler
Kirkus Reviews
Lessons in differences and inclusion are charmingly presented in this pointed Christmas tale. Little Porcupine is very excited about the Christmas play. But even though he is the light of his Mother's life, he is afraid he is too funny-looking to get a part. Sure enough, his schoolmates try to foist him off on stage crew and cleaning duties because he doesn't look like them. And they turn down all his casting suggestions, saying that his spines would cause problems. He returns home in tears, where his mother again tells him, "You are the light of my life." As the play gets closer, all the animals have a part and a costume, and they all know where to stand on stage. That is all but Little Porcupine, who occupies himself with stage duties. On the big night he pulls the curtain and takes care of the lights . . . and saves the show when he proves that the school play does, in fact, need his Mother's "light" to make a successful performance. Slate's (Miss Bindergarten Takes a Field Trip With Kindergarten, not reviewed, etc.) message of acceptance would have made a greater impression had he continued the tale after the curtain went down. (Readers can only hope that his schoolmates will continue to appreciate Little Porcupine.) Bond's (If You Take a Mouse to the Movies, not reviewed, etc.) colored-pencil illustrations will look familiar to fans of her popular mouse, pig, and moose books. Simple facial expressions force her characters to convey their emotions through body language. Without being preachy, this team has created a sweet, if predictable, holiday story. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060554903
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/04/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 0.07(d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Joseph Slate is a writer, poet, artist, actor, and professor. He is the author of several books for children, including the best-selling Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready For Kindergarten and Miss Bindergarten Celebrateds the 100th Day of Kindergarten.

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