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TEN CHRISTMAS WISHES by Claire Freedman

TEN CHRISTMAS WISHES

By Claire Freedman (Author) , Gail Yerrill (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-56148-698-4
Publisher: Good Books

The cover of this sweet, rhyming story shows three forest animals gazing up at ten shiny stars and the title phrase, which stand out against a deep blue sky with a metallic foil effect. The stars reappear in the illustrations in count-them-up fashion, and baby-animal characters make wishes on each new star in turn. The composition of the cast of characters is confusing, as there are two mice and two bears making wishes on separate pages, and it’s not immediately apparent that these pairs are different critters. The little animals wish for simple things such as snow, family visits and stories from Mom as well as presents to share. The large format, charming creatures and sparkly stars add up to an attractive holiday offering, though not a shining star in a crowded sky. (Picture book. 3-6)