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Summary: It's Christmas in Toytown, and the toys realize they don't know who made them. They write a note to Santa, asking if he made them. On Christmas Eve night, a special package arrives in the store, and they have their answer. This is a story that has all the innocence and magic you want in a Christmas tale.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 8 to 10
Interest Level: 2 to 7
Reading Level: 3.1
Age of Child: Started reading with child 2 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: Unlike the INSTANT love for Little Whistle, this one took a couple of readings.
Adult Reader Reaction: This was our instant holiday favorite. The story is sweet without being sappy or over the top. Like the original Little Whistle, it's about friendship, love and sharing.
Pros: The simplicity and beauty of the tale are unmatched.
Cons: It may have been too wordy for this year (2003).
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This book is too wonderful not to have on hand.
Educational Themes: You can talk about love, the spirit of Christmas and all its magic from a variety of perspectives. With the emphasis on "where did we come from," there's an opportunity to talk about the reason for Christmas, as well.
Notes: A Reading Tub volunteer submitted this review. The book is in their personal library.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, animal characters, Christmas, fantasy