Mary Engelbreit's A Merry Little Christmas: Celebrate from A to Z

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In a tiny little village blanketed with snow, Gregory Mouse is ready to ring in the holidays! This adorable fellow, whom readers may recognize from Mary Engelbreit's The Night Before Christmas, shares Christmas carols, sleigh rides, and gingerbread houses with his family and all the friends they've made in their new woodland home. As Christmas Eve draws near, they welcome readers to join them in celebrating the joys of the season.

Starting with the angel atop the family tree, ...

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Overview

In a tiny little village blanketed with snow, Gregory Mouse is ready to ring in the holidays! This adorable fellow, whom readers may recognize from Mary Engelbreit's The Night Before Christmas, shares Christmas carols, sleigh rides, and gingerbread houses with his family and all the friends they've made in their new woodland home. As Christmas Eve draws near, they welcome readers to join them in celebrating the joys of the season.

Starting with the angel atop the family tree, this playful Christmas alphabet is Mary Engelbreit at her exuberant best.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Mary Englebreit's A Merry Little Christmas: Celebrate from A to Z uses the 26 letters of the alphabet, plus rhyme, alliteration and a tiny mouse town setting (including Gregory Mouse, from the author's The Night Before Christmas) to lead readers through holiday preparations. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Each letter of the alphabet presents objects and activities associated with the holiday as happy little mice characters prepare for Christmas. Not only do we see the family decorating the tree, baking cookies, and engaging in outdoor snow activities but we also see Santa and his elves at work. There are some clever touches in the illustrations, such as the acorn on the serving platter looking as if it were a roast turkey. Cuddly, expressive mice and a warm, cheerful tone to the text and illustrations reflect the ideals of the holiday season. As an alphabet book, however, it has its limitations. A two-page spread for the first letter of the alphabet allows for a large letter on the left-hand page. Most of the other letters are relegated to one page each and letter identification in the smaller size becomes more difficult for the child. The larger letters are red-and-white-candy-cane-striped while the smaller letters are red with white polka dots. Entwined within each letter are two or three objects that begin with that letter. On the "R is for reindeer" page, the reindeer mentioned in the text is a small stuffed toy the little girl is showing her father. The reader will have to look carefully to see it. A robot wrapped in a ribbon can be found in the letter. On the "F is for frost" page, we do not see frost. Nor do we see the snowflakes falling as described in the text. A fire truck and a toy frog decorate the letter. The rhyming text reads like an extended greeting card.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-In this jolly rhyming celebration, the creatures are stirring, and all of them are mice-even Santa and his elves! This warmhearted, holiday alphabet book is an attractive and worthy selection. The lyrical text has a nice flow, although the rhyme scheme is not always perfect. The emphasis is on simple joys such as singing, skating, and creating homemade treats and decorations. "P" is for presents, but the children take great delight in having wrapped them to give to others. Cheery and secular, this title will work well as a read-aloud for large groups, but the intricacy of the artwork makes it even more suitable for one-on-one or small gatherings. The colorful pictures are full of tiny details worth poring over.-Linda Israelson, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Engelbreit creates an alphabetically organized world of cheerful, civilized mice that live in snug homes in a snowy village in the forest. Each page begins with the featured letter ("D is for dollhouses") followed by short verse preparations set in large, hand-lettered type in festive gold. The initial capital letters in bright red with white polka dots are ornamented with tiny mouse elves using items that begin with the featured letter. The accompanying illustrations in Engelbreit's distinctive style focus on a mouse family with three children and a pet ladybug. The happy family keeps busy with every sort of Christmas activity: decorating their cozy home, cooking special treats and welcoming visiting family members. The mice also enjoy wintry outdoor activities such as sledding and skating with other forest animals. Several illustrations show a mouse Santa and his elves busily getting ready for the holiday in their workshop built into a tree stump. Though this effort doesn't break any new ground, Engelbreit's many fans will enjoy her cozy interpretation of a traditional Christmas season with all the trimmings. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060741594
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/26/2006
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: Library Bound Edition
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.74 (w) x 11.18 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Engelbreit

Mary Engelbreit grew up studying the illustrations in the vintage storybooks of her mother’s own childhood, and she developed a unique style that harkens back to those simpler times. Mary’s distinctive images have made her a celebrity to millions, who eagerly snap up gift items, calendars, books, fabrics, and more.

Mary’s dearest wish has always been to illustrate for children. Her New York Times bestselling the night before christmas is already part of the holiday tradition for families across the country. Other treasured additions to a child’s first bookshelf are her New York Times bestselling Mary Engelbreit’s Mother Goose, Mary Engelbreit’s Nursery Tales, and Mary Engelbreit’s Fairy Tales.

Mary Engelbreit grew up studying the illustrations in the vintage storybooks of her mother’s own childhood, and she developed a unique style that harkens back to those simpler times. Mary’s distinctive images have made her a celebrity to millions, who eagerly snap up gift items, calendars, books, fabrics, and more.

Mary’s dearest wish has always been to illustrate for children. Her New York Times bestselling the night before christmas is already part of the holiday tradition for families across the country. Other treasured additions to a child’s first bookshelf are her New York Times bestselling Mary Engelbreit’s Mother Goose, Mary Engelbreit’s Nursery Tales, and Mary Engelbreit’s Fairy Tales.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Such a cute book

    This book has so many adorable illustration. In fact the illustrations are what sold me.

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  • Posted November 4, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for Kids @ TeensReadToo.com

    Mary Engelbreit's A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS has quickly become my children's favorite holiday book. An A-to-Z story covering everything from angels to letters to Santa to a zillion ways that Christmas brings cheer, this is a wonderful story for either a beginning reader or any child at heart. <BR/><BR/>With absolutely beautiful illustrations and a rhyming storyline, A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS is a wonderful addition to any home library--or a perfect present for the child on your gift list. It's sure to please and bring a smile to the face of anyone who receives it; the fact that it's so cheerful will only add to your own holiday spirit!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2006

    A Beautifully Illustrated A-To-Z Christmas Book

    Mary Engelbreit's A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS has quickly become my children's favorite holiday book. An A-to-Z story covering everything from angels to letters to Santa to a zillion ways that Christmas brings cheer, this is a wonderful story for either a beginning reader or any child at heart. With absolutely beautiful illustrations and a rhyming storyline, A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS is a wonderful addition to any home library--or a perfect gift for the child on your gift list. It's sure to please and bring a smile to the face of any child who receives it the fact that it's so cheerful will only add to your holiday spirit!

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