In honor of Christmas, everyday I am going to post a new Christmas book my children and I have read. This one is the first. I hope everyone enjoys this collection of books as much as we have enjoyed reading them.
Here is a summary and review for Merry Creature Christmas by Dandi Daley Mackall and illustrated by Gene Barretta.
It's Christmas Eve, and all the animals in the forest are decorating the trees, hanging icicles, and building a nativity to celebrate the birth of Jesus. But Star, a wild colt, is too joyful to be still. In his excitment, he decides to be brave and wake up Big Bear, who is sleeping soundly in his cave. Soon all the animals are dancing together on the night of the Creature Christmas.
This time of the year should not only be about gift giving, but about remembering the birth of Jesus. This is a delightful book that expresses the true meaning of Christmas through some of the woodland creatures. As the animals prepare for Christmas, they are filled with excitement of the season as they build a nativity scene. However, not everyone is awake. There is a bear nearby who the animals are trying not to wake. The wild colt, Star, cannot help himself as he wanders close to the cave. Why should any animal be left out at such a wonderful time as this? Star yells to the bear, not thinking that he shouldn't, and the bear wakes up. As the other animals fear the bear's wrath for being woken up in the winter time instead of spring, they are pleasantly surprised with the outcome. Instead of running away, Star stands firm and wishes bear a merry Christmas, and in return they are given a heartfelt merry Christmas as well. In the end, the animals rejoice and celebrate together.
My boys and I enjoyed the story very much. This is a board book and fits nicely into a small childs hands. The art work is beautiful, giving lots of room for discussion as the story unfolds. There is also a read along activity CD included with the book which we have listened to many times all ready in the car. This is a story all children will love and enjoy for many years to come.
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (October 7, 2004)
Product Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 0.4 inches