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Duck & Company Christmas
     

Duck & Company Christmas

by Kathy Caple
 
It's Christmastime at Duck & Company bookshop, but the holiday season doesn't feel right without snow! In the meantime there is lots of hubbub in the store: Weasel throws a fit about gift wrapping, the gingerbread house makes a tempting snack for Little Peep, and the hockey team keeps romping through the store. On Christmas Eve the weather finally cooperates,

Overview

It's Christmastime at Duck & Company bookshop, but the holiday season doesn't feel right without snow! In the meantime there is lots of hubbub in the store: Weasel throws a fit about gift wrapping, the gingerbread house makes a tempting snack for Little Peep, and the hockey team keeps romping through the store. On Christmas Eve the weather finally cooperates, bringing a massive snowstorm. Duck and Rat's friends are stranded on their journeys home and make their way to the bookshop for the night. The result? A very merry, albeit unplanned, Christmas. Kathy Caple's Duck & Company returns for a festive holiday in this charming chapter book.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Seven short chapters are chock-full of entertaining holiday antics at the Duck & Company Bookstore. Clever Duck offers free cocoa to customers willing to cut out paper snowflakes and quickly gets the store decorated. On Christmas Eve, a snowstorm traps the customers inside, but there are plenty of treats, so they make a party of the situation. What a great place to be trapped—no shortage of books to read! Santa even pays a visit in the middle of the night. Lively, colorful gouache and ink illustrations share the pages with an inviting text on a white background. Plenty of action and expressive, engaging characters make this selection charming and laugh-out-loud funny.—Linda Israelson, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews

Duck and Rat celebrate Christmas at their bookstore with an assortment of animal friends in this early reader that will also win over younger children as a read-aloud.

In seven short chapters, Duck and Rat decorate the store with cut-paper snowflakes, open a gift-wrapping station and watch as their gingerbread house is nibbled down to nothing. As a major snowstorm moves in on Christmas Eve, all the animal friends take shelter at the bookstore, spending Christmas Eve together with a potluck dinner and a slumber party that finds the animals spread out on the floor, tables and shelves. In the morning, there are Christmas stockings for all and a frosty coating on the display window, with a new gingerbread house and a message from Santa. The droll humor and quietly amusing holiday preparations have the flavor of the Frog and Toad stories, with the same comforting sense of a kind and reassuring world. Understated illustrations in gouache and ink are filled with tiny, humorous details and clever costumes for the animal characters, such as tiny jackets and pointed caps for a flock of particularly captivating chicks.

As sweet and clever as a gingerbread house (with a frosting of humor) and as satisfying as a cup of hot chocolate.(Picture book /early reader. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823422395
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
08/26/2011
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
380L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Kathy Caple's numerous picture books and easy readers include "The Friendship Tree", an American Booksellers Association Pick of the Lists title, which "The Horn Book" praised as "just right." She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she is also a children's librarian.

Kathy Caple's numerous picture books and easy readers include "The Friendship Tree", an American Booksellers Association Pick of the Lists title, which "The Horn Book" praised as "just right." She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she is also a children's librarian.

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