This warmly illustrated collection gathers six, new short and satisfying stories aimed specifically at a young audience and ideal for reading aloud. Full color.
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Sally Grindey is the award-winning author of over a dozen picture books including Shhh! (Andersen), winner of the UK's Children's Book Award, I Don't Want To (Little, Brown), and Wake Up Dad (Doubleday). Her novel Spilled Water won the 2004 Smarties Prize. Her titles for Kingfisher include The Kingfisher Book of Magical Tales.From Booklist:
Ages 3^-7. Sure to be popular for reading aloud, this large, illustrated paperback anthology includes six stories by children's writers from England. Some stories are fantasy (a dragon is tamed by Christmas kindness so that he stops toasting people and gives them gold instead); some are realistic (a child gets lost when she goes downtown to see the Christmas lights). All integrate Christmas customs into the storytelling, from baking the Christmas cake to decorating the tree, and Cooper's detailed, colorful illustrations capture the rituals and the fun of the season. Dyan Sheldon's "Not Quite Christmas" is about an animal family and friends who don't really celebrate Christmas but wish they did. The best story, "King Wod's Surprise Present," by Chris Powling, is about a spoiled king who is mad that he has everything and wants a surprise present; instead, he makes Christmas for Santa and learns the pleasure of giving. Hazel Rochman
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