Yet when Star discovers mistletoe hanging at the opening of Big Bear's cave, he can't resist teasing a little. He yells for Big Bear to wake up and celebrate, but when the creature grumps awake and accidentally kisses Star on the lips, he doesn't look very happy. He charges for the celebrating animals - then surprises them all by smiling and shouting "Happy Creature Christmas!"
"Little Star, Big Bear, and the proud, white mare,A CD of the author reading the text is included with the boardbook.
Join the forest creatures dancing everywhere.
All the bluebirds sing, praising Christ the King,
On the night of the Creature Christmas."
What I Like: The illustrations by Gene Barretta are engaging and fun. They express lots of emotions from the various forest creatures. The text itself is super-simple, and the combo of great illustrations and simple text make this book a winner for very young children.
What I Dislike: Nothing.
Overall Rating: Very Good.
Age Appeal: According to the publisher, 4 - 8, but I'd say this book will appeal more to toddlers and preschoolers.
Publishing Info: Thomas Nelson, 2006; ISBN: 99781400308231; boardbook, $9.99
Special Info: See our other reviews of books by Dandi Daley Mackall.