What's Coming for Christmas?

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You can see it in the way the snowman?s eyes sparkle. Hear it in the voices of carolers echoing in the streets, and in the sounds of children trimming the tree. You can feel it in the warm fire dancing in the hearth. Meanwhile, the mother hen hushes her chicks, the pigs? little tails curl in excitement, and the sheep nod knowingly as all wait in eager anticipation for a joyous Christmas surprise.

With lush illustrations as comforting as a Yule-time fire, this tender Christmas ...

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Overview

You can see it in the way the snowman’s eyes sparkle. Hear it in the voices of carolers echoing in the streets, and in the sounds of children trimming the tree. You can feel it in the warm fire dancing in the hearth. Meanwhile, the mother hen hushes her chicks, the pigs’ little tails curl in excitement, and the sheep nod knowingly as all wait in eager anticipation for a joyous Christmas surprise.

With lush illustrations as comforting as a Yule-time fire, this tender Christmas lullaby about cherished traditions and welcome surprises is sure to become an annual favorite.

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Editorial Reviews

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“The authors capture in bold colors, broad strokes and telling detail the anxious anticipation among children on a farm.” —The San Francisco Gate

"Another charmer from author Kate Banks and illustrator Georg Hallensleben, a duo known for conjuring intimate little worlds of word and image . . . . The book sustains its spell even beyond the last page." —BookPage

“A gently thrilling reminder of all the elements that make for a celebratory season.”—Starred, Publishers Weekly

“Few Christmas stories meld both the Santa and Nativity aspects of the holiday, but this effort succeeds admirably with both memorable art and a satisfying story.” —Starred, Kirkus Reviews

“A beautiful homage to Christmas past and present.” -Shelf Awareness

“In yet another successful collaboration, Banks and Hallensleben celebrate the wonders of the yuletide season.” Horn Book

The lovely understated text is full of sensory details, and the evocative soft-focus acrylic art strikes just the right balance between realism and wonder.” —School Library Journal

“This joyful picture book from longtime award-winning collaborators Banks and Hallensleben builds the anticipation of the holiday season.” —Booklist

Publishers Weekly
The smudgy lines of Hallensleben's soft-focus acrylics capture the tranquillity of a snowy day in a semirural setting, while Banks's text reads like a lullaby, as “something” approaches in the days leading up to Christmas. Banks vacillates between ephemeral indications that something special is imminent (“You could smell it in the scent of cinnamon and spice that permeated the air”) and the signs that escape notice (“No one saw who put the gifts under the tree and filled the stockings.... No one, no one, no one”). A gently thrilling reminder of all the elements that make for a celebratory season. Ages 3–6. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2–It is Christmastime on the farm, and both the humans and the animals are filled with anticipation. The much-awaited day comes, bringing presents under the tree and a new foal to the stable. The lovely understated text is full of sensory details, and the evocative soft-focus acrylic art strikes just the right balance between realism and wonder. This tender picture book captures both the material and the intangible elements of this special time of year.–Virginia Walter, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, CA
Kirkus Reviews
The anticipatory atmosphere of the Christmas season is deftly explored in this unusual view of the holiday by a talented author-and-illustrator team. Evocative paintings with bold strokes and an Impressionistic flavor provide an atmospheric window into the life of a farm family as it prepares for the holiday. The farm animals also feel a sense of growing anticipation that a special event is about to occur, and the concluding Christmas surprise is a newborn colt. The muted colors and quality of Hallensleben's illustrations create a dreamlike feeling, matched by the quiet, lyrical text, with its simple, repeated refrains that create a mounting sense of mysterious expectation. Few Christmas stories meld both the Santa and Nativity aspects of the holiday, but this effort succeeds admirably with both memorable art and a satisfying story. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374399481
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 9/29/2009
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Author Kate Banks and illustrator Georg Hallensleben have collaborated on several books, including And If the Moon Could Talk, winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, The Cat Who Walked Across France, Baboon, Close Your Eyes, and The Night Worker, winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award. Banks lives in the South of France with her husband and two sons. Hallensleben lives in Paris.

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