Merry Christmas, Old Armadillo

Overview

It's Christmas Eve, and up high on a mesa Old Armadillo calls "Merry Christmas!" But no one is there. He checks his letter basket but finds no Christmas cards. Believing his friends have forgotten him, he shuffles into his casita and falls asleep. But his friends haven't forsaken him. Roadrunner, Coyote, Bear, and other friends arrive to secretly decorate Old Armadillo's house. When Old Armadillo opens his door, he discovers a beautiful Christmas surprise. Larry Dane ...

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Overview

It's Christmas Eve, and up high on a mesa Old Armadillo calls "Merry Christmas!" But no one is there. He checks his letter basket but finds no Christmas cards. Believing his friends have forgotten him, he shuffles into his casita and falls asleep. But his friends haven't forsaken him. Roadrunner, Coyote, Bear, and other friends arrive to secretly decorate Old Armadillo's house. When Old Armadillo opens his door, he discovers a beautiful Christmas surprise. Larry Dane Brimner's quiet and comforting story, warmly illustrated by Dominic Catalano, is the perfect choice for little ones at Christmastime.

Thinking his friends have forgotten him at Christmas, Old Armadillo goes to sleep, but he awakens to find that his friends have decorated his house and a tree for the holiday.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Has everyone forgotten Christmas? Old Armadillo heads into his "casita" and falls asleep in his big overstuffed chair. While he sleeps, his friends arrive and decorate his house. When Old Armadillo wakes up, what a pleasant surprise. This is a funny and heartwarming Christmas story.
Stephanie Zvirin
Old Armadillo returns home on Christmas Eve to find no one has remembered him: there are no cards in his mailbox or presents at his door. But after he falls asleep, his friends gather outside to prepare a wonderful Christmas surprise. The story is sweet and unremarkable, but the Southwest setting, however authentic, is a nice change from most holiday books. Catalano's illustrations are carefully executed. With the soft look of pastels, they'll grab kids with their colors and their ample details.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563973543
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,437,123
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Dane Brimner is an award-winning author of more than 150 titles for young readers-fiction and nonfiction. His previous titles for Calkins Creek are We Are One: The Story of Bayard Rustin, winner of the Jane Addams Book Award and the Norman A. Sugarman Children's Biography Award, and Birmingham Sunday, a NCTE Orbis Pictus honor book and a Jane Addams Children's honor book. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Dominic Catalano has illustrated many books for children, including Mr. Basset Plays, which he also wrote. He lives in Perrysburg, Ohio.

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