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Title:
It's Christmas!

I can read!

I can read book.
Title:
It's Christmas!
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Publisher Info:
New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2008.
Physical Description:
46 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series:
I can read!

I can read book.
General Note:
Originally published: New York : Greenwillow Books, c1981.
Contents:
It's Christmas -- Dear Santa Claus -- Our Christmas tree -- The mistletoe -- Another Santa Claus -- My Christmas cards -- Our Christmas play -- Singing Christmas carols -- Tomorrow is Christmas -- A sled for Christmas -- Auntie Flo -- My Christmas pup.
Abstract:
Twelve easy-to-read poems about festive holiday traditions.
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J ICR PREL Book Juvenile Fiction
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J ER 811.54 PREL Book Juvenile Nonfiction
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J BEG 811.54 PREL Picture Book
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E PRELUTSKY Picture Book
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Summary

Summary

Christmas is coming! And from choosing the perfect tree, to receiving a gift of underwear from a relative, to seeing Santas everywhere you look, these twelve easy-to-read poems treat readers to a funny and festive look at favorite holiday traditions.

This merry collection of Christmas verse by Children's Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky and acclaimed illustrator Marylin Hafner is sure to put anyone in the holiday spirit!


Author Notes

Jack Prelutsky, born on September 8, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York, is primarily known as a poet for children but he is also a gifted musician, actor, photographer, sculptor and potter. Prelutsky studied at Hunter College for two years. He proposed to his future wife, Carolynn, on the day they met; she accepted the next day.

While growing up in Brooklyn, Prelutsky studied voice at The High School of Music and Art in New York and first planned to be an opera singer. However, he decided he did not have the drive to sing opera, and he became a folk singer. Later he tried his hand at drawing. For fun, he wrote some short poems and made some drawings, which became his first publication. He has since published numerous books of illustrated poetry and also provided illustrations for books by other writers, including many in translation.

Prelutsky never condescends to his young readers. He deals in verse with many imaginative creatures, but he also writes about people and problems such bullies, school, and fear of the dark. He is aware of the sound of his words and likes to perform his poetry to the accompaniment of the guitar. He visits schools and libraries to perform his work.

Jack Prelutsky is the recipient of numerous awards. In 1977 The Children's Book Council honored him for Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep. His other award-winners are The Mean Old Mean Hyena, The Headless Horseman Rides Tonight, and The New Kid on the Block. In 2006, the Poetry Foundation named Prelutsky the inaugural winner of the Children's Poet Laureate award. His book Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant and Other Poems (illustrated by Carin Berger) won the 2007 Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award of the Washington State Book Awards in the Picture Book category.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-This newly illustrated title has been repackaged for the "I Can Read" series. The bright, full-color artwork is much more modern and appealing than the earlier edition's static three-color version. It is interesting to compare the work of the same illustrator over the 27 years since the first edition was published; libraries should consider a fresh copy of this collection of poems for newly independent readers.-Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

From verses about the Christmas tree and the Santa wish list to those about putting on a nativity play and singing carols, the poems in this I Can Read title celebrate warm holiday traditions with a wry sweetness, always true to a kid's viewpoint and beyond generic greeting-card representations. There are a number of fiascos. A girl has sent off her Christmas cards with her pictures and rhymes, but no one got them. Did she forget the stamps? When the family bundles up and goes out caroling on Christmas Eve, they sing so badly that the neighbors shut their windows. The girl, though, thinks that no matter how sour they sound, there's no family sweet as hers. Hafner's line-and-watercolor pictures illustrate the bouncing, rhyming words in clear, playful holiday scenes that show the mischief and mess-ups, and always the joy.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2008 Booklist