Cover image for Holly's Christmas Eve
Title:
Holly's Christmas Eve
Author:
Watson, Wendy.
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Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary:
Before Santa Claus arrives on Christmas Eve, two tree ornaments help another one recover her wooden arm after it is knocked off by a tree-climbing cat and then swept up by the vacuum cleaner.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.1 0.5 64200.
ISBN:
9780688176532

9780688176525
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Book

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Summary

On Christmas Eve, Holly is ready to join the other ornaments in celebration. But disaster strikes when naughty Bad Cat bats the tree's branches: Holly loses her wooden arm Cloth Bear and Tin Horse rush to help her find it, meeting danger and becoming good friends along the way.Wendy Watson's paintings glow with excitement as the trio hurries to get home safely before Santa arrives.This heartwarming story, filled with adventure, is perfect for reading aloud by the light of your own tree at Christmastime.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS. Holly, a painted wooden doll, is a new ornament on the Christmas tree. She hasn't been hanging there long when Bad Cat attacks the tree, shaking the branches, knocking Holly down, and breaking her arm. As if that's not enough, when Vacuum Cleaner comes in to clean up the mess, Holly's arm is gobbled up. Joined by other ornaments like Cloth Bear, Holly goes on an expedition to find her arm. Find it she does, and then, with the help of Santa, there's a Christmas miracle that makes her whole. Kids older than five may look too closely at the story (How does a vacuum cleaner run by itself?), but the artwork, with the exuberance and simplicity of children's own art and the sophisticated melange of colors found in stained glass, is good to look at. For larger collections. Ilene Cooper


Publisher's Weekly Review

Three tree ornaments-Cloth Bear, Tin Horse and a tiny doll named Holly-have a Christmas Eve adventure when a rambunctious house pet (Bad Cat) swats off Holly's arm. The arm is eventually rescued by the brave trio, who then hurry back to their places just in time for Santa to arrive and reattach it. The sturdy simplicity of Watson's folksy yet radiant art, rendered in the ink-and-acrylics style of her work for Rabbit Moon, relies on the expert use of color to evoke a sense of holiday magic. Ages 3-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Watson engages children with a magical Christmas story. When "Bad Cat" is left alone in the living room, he scrambles up the tree and wreaks havoc, shattering several glass balls and breaking off the arm of Holly, a new wooden-doll ornament. After everything is swept up, Holly, Tin Horse, and Cloth Bear set out to retrieve her arm and experience some harrowing trials and tribulations that involve a hairy spider, answering riddles, and a scary dive into the discarded vacuum-cleaner bag. Later, Santa arrives with special gifts for all the ornaments, and he repairs Holly's arm. This is a fun read-aloud with frequent use of onomatopoeic words. Vivid full-page, pen-and-ink and watercolor artwork captures the drama and the satisfying ending to the diminutive characters' adventure.-M. W. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.