Under the Kissletoe: Christmastime Poems

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The holidays may be near, but Santa is dreaming of a sunny beach vacation. In this quirky book of Christmas poems, J. Patrick Lewis and Rob Shepperson pair up to find humor and magic in the snowiest season. Rhymes of all shapes explore Kris Kringle's favorite time of year, and colorful drawings expose the joy and comedy of the holidays.
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The holidays may be near, but Santa is dreaming of a sunny beach vacation. In this quirky book of Christmas poems, J. Patrick Lewis and Rob Shepperson pair up to find humor and magic in the snowiest season. Rhymes of all shapes explore Kris Kringle's favorite time of year, and colorful drawings expose the joy and comedy of the holidays.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 1-4-An uneven collection of seasonal fare. Several of the poems are quite clever and funny, while others are rather flat and uninteresting. Some of the humor may well be over the heads of young children. Each selection is accompanied by a dynamic full-page, full-color cartoon drawing and a bit of spot art. Overall, a mixed bag of treats.-Lisa Falk, Los Angeles Public Library

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Kirkus Reviews
Sixteen rhyming poems of widely varying subjects all have some sort of connection to the Christmas season in this latest thematic collection from the prolific poet. Two of his best poems are shining stars: "Winter Scene," a lovely shape poem in the form of an ornament and "A Brown King," about one of the Wise Men. Both of these polished poems are strong enough to be anthologized in children's poetry collections. Other lighter and more humorous poems discuss misguided Christmas cards, gingerbread houses and the antics of Santa and his elves. Some poems are quick and short and funny, and others use a longer format to examine topics such as waiting up on Christmas Eve or a favorite cat's behavior on Christmas morning. Shepperson's quirky illustrations in watercolor and ink complement each poem with a variety of illustration sizes, and he includes children of different ethnic groups as well as a female elf in a key role (in the titular poem) and in the cover illustration. (Poetry. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590784389
  • Publisher: Highlights Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


J. Patrick Lewis has written many books of poetry, including Castle's: Old Stone Poems, co-written with Rebecca Kai Dotlich. His short stories and poems have appeared in many magazines and more than seventy anthologies. He writes for both children and adults and presents workshops on introducing poetry in the classroom. He lives in Westerville, Ohio.

Rob Shepperson has illustrated many children's books, including, Thunderboom! by David L. Harrison. His droll editorial drawings also appear regularly in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Mr. Shepperson lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.

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