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Title:
Counting Christmas
Author:
Katz, Karen.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Margaret K. McElderry Books, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
24 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Summary:
Three children getting ready for Christmas count down from ten to one in anticipation of Christmas morning.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.8 0.5 73493.
ISBN:
9780689849251
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Join in the fun
and
count down
to
Christmas!


Author Notes

Karen Katz is an American author and illustrator of children's books. After graduating from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, she attended the Yale Graduate School of Art and Architecture where she became interested in folk art, Indian miniatures, Shaker art, and Mexican art. Her first book, Over the Moon, was inspired by the experience of adopting her daughter from Central America. She has written and illustrated more than 50 picture books and novelty books including Where Is Baby's Belly Button?, Counting Kisses, and Daddy Hugs.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS. From 10 tiny lights twirled around the tree, this cheerful holiday book counts down to one big, magical Christmas day for families to share. The double-page spreads, with lots of gouache-and-colored-pencil images, may be too packed with detail for the intended audience, and the text begins with rhyme and then unaccountably drops it. But with adult help, the lap-sit crowd will have fun pointing at all the holiday stuff, whether they spot the two jingling silver bells on Santa's sleigh or the nine wrapped, shiny presents. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2003 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Katz (Counting Kisses) has got kids' number in this sweet counting book that taps into the air of anticipation on Christmas Eve. Three children and their parents prepare for a celebration with all the fixin's-10 lights, nine presents, eight cookies for Santa, etc., which help add up to "one magical day for families and children to share." A mix of collage, gouache and colored pencil creates a kaleidoscope of hues and patterns. With their large heads and minimalist features, Katz's rosy-cheeked, smiling figures have the appealing semblance of sweet-faced baby dolls. Ages 3-6. (Oct.) FYI: Katz brings the same cheerful illustrative style to My First Kwanzaa, a picture-book introduction to the seven principles celebrated during the weeklong festival of African heritage (Holt, $14.95 ages 2-5 ISBN 0-8050-7077-X; Nov.). (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Three young children make the transition from Christmas Eve to Christmas Day by counting backward from 10 to 1. (Perhaps a more apt title would be "Countdown Christmas.") The concept is accentuated by the representation of each number as a numerical expression, as a written word, and as an appropriate quantity of decorative snowflakes. The collage, gouache, and colored-pencil illustrations are cheery and have a nice textural feel, with a plethora of seasonal motifs packed into every bit of space. (Some of the layouts have a full page of blank background to the text, allowing for some visual serenity.) The text is brief and lyrical, but is marred by an inconsistent rhyme scheme. Nevertheless, children will enjoy this depiction of a loving family as they carry out their pre-yule preparations and wake up on that magical day.-L. I. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.