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Summary: It's Christmas Eve and the animals wash their stockings to have them ready for Santa to fill. Only their stockings don't seem to fit, and the gifts aren't quite what they expected. This is a Christmas story that blends sharing and problem-solving.
Type of Reading: family reading, bedtime story
Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 7; read yourself: 8 to 10
Interest Level: 1 to 7
Reading Level: 3.3
Age of Child: Read with a child who was 3 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: S/He asked for this book night-after-night for almost two weeks. (Then it had to go back to the Library.) S/He liked seeing the animals' reactions to their gifts.
Adult Reader Reaction: This was fun to read. The animals are a nice change from the usual picture-book menagerie and the illustrations aren't your usual Christmas-card picture.
Pros: The book moves quickly, and the illustrations carry it along nicely.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least at first. Although listed for only infants/preschoolers at Amazon, it has potential as a read-aloud book for beginning readers.