Book Review: The 12 Days of Christmas by Jane Cabrera

Today’s holiday book review is The 12 Days of Christmas by Jane Cabrera. Here’s what it’s about:

Jane Cabrera’s signature animals celebrate Christmas with joy and love in this adaptation of the beloved holiday song. Her cheerful illustrations show magic mice, drumming dogs, skiing squirrels, and a whole crowd of festive creatures. Accompanying the cozy, colorful art and jolly text is sheet music set to Cabrera’s lyrics.

This is another book that rewrites The 12 Days of Christmas song in a story format. What makes this one good is the illustrations. Very colorful and happy! I loved it!

My Grade: B-

Book Review: Just Right for Christmas by Birdie Black

Today’s holiday book review is Just Right for Christmas by Birdie Black. Here’s what it’s about:

In this celebration of the joy of giving, one snowy Christmas eve, a king buys some soft, red cloth to make the perfect Christmas gift for his daughter. Little does he know that the left-over cloth will be used to make presents for many more of the kingdom’s inhabitants, right down to the last teeny bit of cloth which is made into a scarf just right for a mouse.

This is a book about giving that is perfect for the Christmas holiday. A story similar to Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, a book recently featured by our Best Books Club. All in all, a cute story with lovely illustrations by Rosalind Beardshaw.

My Grade: C+

Book Review: Ernest’s Special Christmas by Laura T. Barnes

Today’s holiday book review is Ernest’s Special Christmas by Laura T. Barnes. Here’s what it’s about:

In this charming barnyard tale, Ernest, a tiny, loveable donkey, and his farmyard friends demonstrate the power of love and selflessness–the true gifts of the holiday season. When Ernest discovers his friend Chester is missing on Christmas Eve, he must enlist his friends, large and small, to work together in order to rescue their friend. Through love and determination, Ernest and his friends discover that being together with loved ones is the most special Christmas gift of all. Beautiful watercolor illustrations of the animals at Barnesyard farm are sure to enthrall young readers and parents alike, and hiding in each picture is an adorable little mouse for kids to discover. Parents and teachers can use this tale as a way to discuss the true meaning of the holiday season.

I have to say that this is one of my favorite holiday books this year. I’d never read it to my kids, so it was a new read for me. The book portrays friendship, love and determination in such a heartwarming way. It even had me crying. The illustrations are beautiful as well. This book can be read year round. And there are more Ernest books I’m looking forward to reading.

My Grade: A+

Book Review: Ernest’s Special Christmas by Laura T. Barnes

I have to mention a kids book I reviewed for the sitNread blog. Ernest’s Special Christmas by Laura T. Barnes was one of my favorite reads this holiday season. Here’s what it’s about:

In this charming barnyard tale, Ernest, a tiny, loveable donkey, and his farmyard friends demonstrate the power of love and selflessness–the true gifts of the holiday season. When Ernest discovers his friend Chester is missing on Christmas Eve, he must enlist his friends, large and small, to work together in order to rescue their friend. Through love and determination, Ernest and his friends discover that being together with loved ones is the most special Christmas gift of all. Beautiful watercolor illustrations of the animals at Barnesyard farm are sure to enthrall young readers and parents alike, and hiding in each picture is an adorable little mouse for kids to discover. Parents and teachers can use this tale as a way to discuss the true meaning of the holiday season.

I’d never read it to my kids, so it was a new read for me. The book portrays friendship, love and determination in such a heartwarming way. It even had me crying. The illustrations are beautiful as well. This book can be read year round. And there are more Ernest books I’m looking forward to reading.

My Rating: 5 out of 5

Book Review: Babar and Father Christmas by Jean de Brunhoff

Today’s holiday book review is Babar and Father Christmas by Jean de Brunhoff. Here’s what it’s about:

Babar returns in this unusual and heartwarming Christmas story by Jean de Brunhoff. Babar’s children have caught wind of a fellow in Man’s country named Father Christmas who brings joy and toys to little children. “If only we could bring him here,” they wish. So they write the Christmas saint a letter inviting him to visit them. When they get no reply, Babar, ever the good father, rushes out to find the red-suited one. After much searching, and with the help of a dog named Duck, Babar reaches Father Christmas’s workshop in the snow. Can Babar find a way to bring him to Elephants’ country?

I initially liked that this was a longer story, but it ended up dragging on a bit. I’ve always been a fan of the illustrations in the Babar books: simplistic and cheerful.

My Grade: C+

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