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Title:
And then comes christmas
Author:
Brenner, Tom, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2014.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 28 cm
Summary:
"From icicles clinging to roofs and houses strung with colorful lights to visiting Santa and hunting for the perfect tree, this classic-in-the-making celebrates all of the holiday's excitement. Evoking both winter's changes to the world outside and well-loved traditions taking place within, here is a story to encourage readers to curl up with their loved ones and bask in the magic of the Christmas season. A lyrical invitation to watch for signs of the approaching season--and revel in the homespun rituals that warm a family celebration."--
Language:
English
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780763653422
Format :
Book

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Summary

A lyrical invitation to watch for signs of the approaching season -- and revel in the homespun rituals that warm a family celebration.

From icicles clinging to roofs and houses strung with colorful lights to visiting Santa and hunting for the perfect tree, this classic-in-the-making celebrates all of the holiday's excitement. Evoking both winter's changes to the world outside and well-loved traditions taking place within, here is a story to encourage readers to curl up with their loved ones and bask in the magic of the Christmas season.


Author Notes

Tom Brenner is the author of the picture book And Then Comes Halloween, illustrated by Holly Meade. He lives on Vashon Island in Washington State, where in mid-December the island's residents gather to light a giant fir tree, sing, and welcome Santa.

Jana Christy is the illustrator of numerous books for children and young readers, including the New York Times best-selling Never Girls series, written by Kiki Thorpe. Jana Christy lives in Western Massachusetts.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

As days shorten and frosty grass begins to crunch underfoot, a family begins their long-awaited preparations for Christmas. The wreath goes on the door, snowflake cutouts are hung in the windows, colored lights adorn the eaves, children play in new snow, lines of children wait to pose with Santa, the family selects and decorates the tree, and on and on. Until finally Christmas morning comes with gifts and sweet-smelling treats. Brenner's own childhood memories of the magic of Christmas serve as inspiration for the lyrical text, while Christy uses the mountains in her home state of Massachusetts as the model for the soft but lively illustrations. This will rekindle childhood memories for adults who share this warm story with children.--Petty, J. B. Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Returning to the sequential narrative style of And Then Comes Halloween, Brenner alternates between sentences beginning with "When" and those starting with "Then," lyrically evoking a shift in seasons: "When the days barely start and they're over again, and red berries blaze against green shrubs, and bare branches rake across the sky... Then hang boughs of fir or spruce or pine, dotted with cones and bits of holly, welcoming winter." The text describes holiday traditions generally, while Christy's (A Year with Friends) digital art-suggestive of watercolors scribbled over with crayon and pencil-personalizes the story, showing two siblings visiting a department store Santa, selecting and decorating a Christmas tree with their parents, and making and wrapping homemade presents. The contrast between the cool palette of snowy outdoor scenes and cozy interior settings is as pleasing as this family's palpable affection. Ages 4-8. Illustrator's agency: Shannon Associates. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Brenner follows And Then Comes Halloween (Candlewick, 2009) with this countdown to Christmas. Starting with the last gasps of fall, "When frost glistens on the pastures and fence posts, and icy grass crunches underfoot, and dark clouds sit low on the horizon...," a rural family prepares for the holidays with all the traditional trappings, from sledding, hanging wreaths, and performing in the school pageant, to the after-presents breakfast. As with his previous work, Brenner frames the story through a repeated pattern of "When." and "Then." statements full of poetic, Norman Rockwell-like descriptions of the weather, activities, and delicious moments. He lets the anticipation build and then delivers with a satisfying page turn. The text is matched with Christy's cheery, hazy illustrations, focusing on the family's curly haired girl and her towheaded little brother. Fans of the previous book, and those libraries with high demand for Christmas fare, won't be disappointed.-Brooke Sheets, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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