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Christmas at Mud Flat
Stevenson, James, 1929-2017.
Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
The animal residents of Mud Flat go about their preparations for Christmas in their own ways.
Reading Level:
330 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 42599.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.6 2 Quiz: 25976 Guided reading level: K.

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Mud Flat--everyone is bustling about making plans, wrapping gifts, and deciding who will play Santa at the village holiday party. All except Freddie, who's stuck inside his fix-it shop under a pile of ambitious promises. Strange and wonderful things happen this time of year, though, including raisin cookies in the snow, runaway rolls of red ribbon, and the spirit of giving--Mud Flat style. Merry Christmas, Mud Flat!

Author Notes

James Stevenson was born in Manhattan, New York on July 11, 1929. He graduated from Yale University. He was a reporter from Life magazine before being hired by The New Yorker in 1956. He drew 1,988 cartoons, 79 covers, and wrote and illustrated articles including Talk of the Town pieces for the magazine. He also drew editorial cartoons for The New York Times and in 2004 began an occasional series for the Op-Ed page entitled Lost and Found New York, which looked back on people and places of the past.

He wrote and/or illustrated more than 100 children's books including Don't You Know There's a War On, The Worst Person in the World, Higher on the Door, The Mud Flat Olympics, Yard Sale, The Mud Flat Mystery, What's Under My Bed, That Terrible Halloween Night, and Worse Than Willy. In 1987, he won the Caldecott Honor for When I Was Nine. He also wrote novels and an illustrated biography of Frank Modell, a fellow New Yorker cartoonist. He died of pneumonia on February 17, 2017 at the age of 87.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Gr. 1^-3, younger for reading aloud. It's the week before Christmas, and everyone in Mud Flat is scrambling to get ready. Even complacent Sherwood, who is certain that he's completely ready for the holiday, must make an emergency adjustment when the ribbon he bought rolls away. The charm of Mud Flat rests in its blend of the quirky (the village's tiniest member ends up playing Santa) and the winsomely mundane. Of course, Stevenson heightens the story with droll humor and freewheeling watercolor and pen-and-ink drawings, in which each stroke of the pen adds another twinkle of character. As with the other Mud Flat books, this one will work as a read-aloud as well as for new readers. --Susan Dove Lempke