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Author: Brett, Jan
A rabbit named Little Snow is celebrating his first Christmas, and after all the forest animals tell him about the animals' Santa, he is excited to wake up on Christmas morning to find his own surprise.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.20
Points: .5 Quiz: 170910
Kirkus Reviews (09/01/14)
School Library Journal (10/01/14)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/12/14)
The Hornbook (00/11/14)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 10/01/2014 PreS-Gr 2—The woodland denizens of a northern Canadian forest can't wait for Christmas, because that's when their Santa secretly leaves gifts (heart-shaped stones, bells, acorns, and the like) for everyone. Big Snowshoe the rabbit is absolutely convinced of Santa's existence; Little Snow, his younger brother, is a bit more skeptical, and nothing Big Snowshoe or the other animals say as they decorate a Christmas tree make him feel any differently. Side panels on each page show lemming elves creating the various gifts. A minor accident on the frozen stream gives Big Snowshoe the idea to hang ice crystals on twigs, and the sound they make alerts everyone to the appearance of Santa, who is a snowy owl. As usual, Brett's illustrations are the highlight—lush and magical, filled with whimsical details that will reward repeated viewings. The story itself is adequate (though the twist in which the predator delivers gifts to his normal prey is ingenious) and could play a part in a nonreligious holiday program.—Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 10/15/2014 This entertaining holiday story reveals how the forest animals receive their Christmas gifts. A young snowshoe hare, celebrating his first Christmas, is told that the “animals’ Santa” will be delivering presents that night. Little Snow is skeptical since no one has ever seen this Santa and there are no footprints, sounds, or other signs of his visits. Then, presents rain down from above and he catches sight of the benefactor. Brett’s signature meticulously detailed watercolor-and-gouache illustrations are eye-catching. On either side of the main paintings appear small, intricately designed Native American–style quillwork frames containing owl-shaped inserts with pictures of lemming elves busily making presents. Whether or not children have ever questioned if wild animals celebrate Christmas, this satisfying story will spark their imaginations and add to their holiday pleasure. - Copyright 2014 Booklist.