Merry Christmas, Geraldine

Merry Christmas, Geraldine

by Holly Keller
     
 

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It's Christmas, and Geraldine (Geraldine's Baby Brother and Geraldine First) wants to get a big tree. All the way up to the ceiling, she declares. Mama does not agree. Nor does little brother Willie, who must help carry it home. But Geraldine will not budgemuch like the enormous tree she eventually chooses from Uncle Albert's lot. With her characteristicSee more details below

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It's Christmas, and Geraldine (Geraldine's Baby Brother and Geraldine First) wants to get a big tree. All the way up to the ceiling, she declares. Mama does not agree. Nor does little brother Willie, who must help carry it home. But Geraldine will not budgemuch like the enormous tree she eventually chooses from Uncle Albert's lot. With her characteristic persistence and pluck, Geraldine manages to get her tree home. And the family has to admit that her choice -- whatever its size (or shape) -- is just perfect. Merry Christmas, Geraldine!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Geraldine, the strong-willed pig heroine, is determined to have the biggest Christmas tree ever, one that reaches the ceiling of her home. Despite gentle reminders from her elders that this is impractical, she drags her little brother Willie off to bring home the tree. Her stubborness pays off in the end, with a few adjustments along the way.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2Plucky, determined Geraldine wants a Christmas tree: a BIG Christmas tree. She drags her little brother, Willie, to Uncle Albert's tree stand and chooses the tallest evergreen there. Unable to carry it home, the young pigs are aided by several well-meaning adults: Uncle Albert cuts off a bit of the stump, the grocer trims some of the branches, and Mr. Peters at the hardware store saws more off of the bottom. After a few falls, bumps, and scrapes, the children finally struggle home, where a bruised and angry Willie runs off to find Mama. Geraldine's parents try to dissuade her from bringing the still-too-large tree inside, but the youngster's mulishness wins over and she shoves her huge prize through the door. Papa squeezes it under the ceiling with the top tipped over and Geraldine pronounces it "perfect." The humorous text presents an unyielding but endearing heroine who succeeds through persistence and charm. The watercolor and black-pen illustrations move the story right along. Keller uses simple lines to provide her porcine cast with a suitable range of emotions. Make room on your shelves for this spirited title.
Kirkus Reviews
A shaggy-dog tale about the journey of the biggest Christmas tree on the lot to Geraldine's home. Brother Willie helps, but the evergreen still needs to be trimmed down considerably during their arduous trip, as friendly shopkeepers shorten the trunk and prune out the top to make the tree more portable. It's still too large for the living room; the top is bent over by the ceiling—a silly touch, but at least Geraldine can place the star on it without help. In guileless illustrations and text, Keller (Geraldine First, 1996, etc.) accurately targets toddlers' tastes, but among holiday tales, this one is more heart than plot, and may be overshadowed by flashier Santas, Grinches, and reindeers with red noses.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688145002
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Series:
Geraldine Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.34(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

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