Was That Christmas?

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At preschool Bella learns all about Christmas -- that Santa Claus will come in his sleigh pulled over the snow by his reindeer. And he will bring a huge brown sack full of presents. Bella tells her beloved cat, Black Jack, about it when she gets home. But when Santa actually comes to her preschool, Bella is bitterly disappointed. He doesn't seem to be the real thing at all -- no sleigh, no snow, no reindeer, and, worst of all, no present for Black Jack in his huge brown sack. "Was that Christmas?" Bella sobs to ...
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Overview

At preschool Bella learns all about Christmas -- that Santa Claus will come in his sleigh pulled over the snow by his reindeer. And he will bring a huge brown sack full of presents. Bella tells her beloved cat, Black Jack, about it when she gets home. But when Santa actually comes to her preschool, Bella is bitterly disappointed. He doesn't seem to be the real thing at all -- no sleigh, no snow, no reindeer, and, worst of all, no present for Black Jack in his huge brown sack. "Was that Christmas?" Bella sobs to her mother on the way home from the school party.

So Bella's family has to show her all the things that still have to be done before it is really Christmas, like baking mince pies, buying presents for her mother and father, icing the cake, and getting the Christmas tree.

This is a delightful story for small children about all the wonderful things that make Christmas so special, told and illustrated by an award-winning author-and-artist team.

Now that both Bella and her cat are three years old, they are big enough to learn about all the wonderful things that happen at Christmas.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Santa's visit to her preschool leaves Bella disconsolate: he didn't bring a present for her cat, he didn't bring his reindeer, and there isn't any snow. "Was that Christmas?" she wails. Her mother assures her that it's "just the beginning," and outlines upcoming preparations. Bella replays her question twice more, giving her father and grandmother each a chance to describe more traditions. As in her novels, McKay (The Exiles) mines family dynamics with wit as well as tenderness, and the patterned structure, like Harvey's (My Friend John) mellow vignettes, will beguile a preschool audience. Ages 2-6. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Three-year-old Bella learns all about the tree, the sleigh, and the sack full of presents, but is disappointed when Santa arrives at her preschool without snow and nothing for her black cat. "Was that Christmas?" she complains. Her parents reassure her that there is much more, and show her the fun involved in preparing for the holiday. When it arrives, Bella is pleasantly surprised to see snow and a stocking full of gifts for Black Jack. A simple and reassuring story with perfectly suited soft pastel vignette and full-page illustrations.-M. W. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A three-year-old girl named Bella is confused about the actual timing of Christmas in this British import from McKay (Saffy’s Angel, p. 661, etc.). The story begins by introducing Bella and her cat, Black Jack, who have grown together from their first Christmas when they were babies and didn’t understand Christmas at all. Now Bella attends a preschool, where she plays the part of a shepherd in the Nativity play and Black Jack plays the part of her lamb. After Santa visits the preschool, Bella mistakenly thinks that Christmas is over and that she and Black Jack have missed receiving their presents. Her mother, father, and grandmother each patiently list all the holiday tasks and pleasures that must be experienced before Christmas will be all over. Many of their traditions are British ones that are different from those in the US (Christmas crackers, mince pies, sausage rolls, tea for Santa), and some of Bella’s expressions ("Is it Christmas at last?") are distinctly British, though their location is never specified. Still, it’s nice to find true Britishisms in a text for American readers. Soft, expressive watercolor illustrations are pleasant additions, though their pastel palette and old-fashioned feeling, along with Bella’s young age, make the story seem more intended for toddlers than the longer text would indicate. (Picture book. 2-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689847653
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST US
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.92 (w) x 9.91 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Hilary McKay is the award-winning author of such beloved middle-grade novels as The Exiles, which was named an NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts and a Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon book; Dog Friday, which was an ALA Notable Book and a Booklist Editors' Choice; and The Amber Cat, which was a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and a Booklist Editors' Choice. She is the author of two previous picture books, Where's Bear? and Pirates Ahoy!, both illustrated by Alex Ayliffe. Ms. McKay lives with her family in Derbyshire, England.
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