A classic Christmas text gets the Highlights Hidden Pictures Storybook treatment.
Illustrator Melmon depicts three children with dark, straight hair and light-brown skin at the heart of this rendition of the familiar holiday text, which tweaks the narrative to read “We children were nestled all snug in our beds,” thus casting them as narrators. (It also changes “breast of the new-fallen snow” to “crest” but leaves “threw up the sash” unchanged.) They spring out of bed; they spy Santa (who appears white with light skin and white hair and beard) and his reindeer (herein never called “coursers”); and they and their dog (identified as Fluffy on a stocking “hung by the chimney with care”) come downstairs to greet St. Nicholas. The printed text on each spread is surrounded by small spot illustrations of individual items that readers can search for in the main, detailed pictures. A helpful key in backmatter pages reveals the precise locations. Blurring the line between game and story, this is a title readers will revisit annually—sort of like St. Nick revisiting those who celebrate Christmas.
One to place under the tree in households that don’t hold the original text too dear. (Picture book. 3-8)