Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Is...

 
For those who are not familiar with her work, Gail Gibbons is a prolific writer of nonfiction for children.  She illustrates her own work and has a very distinctive style.  Her text is simple and direct, perfect for kids.  Her illustrations are bright, bold and as informative as the text.
 
Christmas Is... highlights the meaning, symbols, and traditions of Christmas using simple yet rich vocabulary.  She covers everything from the Christ child to poinsettias in terms that are understandable to children.  I hope your family will use this book as an opportunity to expand on your child(ren)'s Christmas knowledge base.  This could become a fabulous jumping off point for a December-long family exploration of Christmas traditions in cultures around the world.
 
While some would not consider this a nonfiction work, I do, and I appreciate her acknowledgment of the true reason for this yearly celebration.

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