If Animals Celebrated Christmas (Hardcover)
In the same vein as IF ANIMALS KISSED GOOD NIGHT, this new picture book from Ann Whitford Paul and David Walker explores how different members of the animal kingdom might spend the Christmas season.
If animals said Merry Christmas like we do . . .how would they say it? Tortoise would hiss a holiday wish. Crane would croon joyful carols, and Mama and Papa Buffalo would kiss beneath the mistletoe. Aross the animal kingdom, every creature would celebrate this magical season. If Animals Celebrated Christmas is sure to be a holiday favorite!
About the Author
ANN WHITFORD PAUL is the author of numerous books for children, including the best-selling If Animals Kissed Goodnight, illustrated by David Walker. She and Walker also collaborated on Little Monkey Says Good Night, a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, which Kirkus Reviews praised as “a perfect good-night read.” Ms. Paul lives in Los Angeles, California.
David Walker has illustrated many books for children, including Victoria Adler’s Baby, Come Away and Ann Whitford Paul’s Little Monkey Says Good Night and If Animals Kissed Good Night. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
“Beyond cute, without sliding into saccharine. . .The illustrations, with washes of color and starry skies, are done on a flat plane that brings the action close. The rhymes and action words throughout provide extra pep for this already-spirited tale.” —Booklist
Generation after generation, both hope and sorrow hit the two families in this story hard. Gyasi uses the episodic nature to her advantage, in a way that inspires a fevered anticipation similar to the tv show Roots. A moving work that would be a great choice for book clubs and writing classes. - Jessica