A shiny board-book package for baby’s first Christmas.
Each page displays one clear, simple picture of an object traditionally associated with a secular Christmas: bells, a star, a toy elf, and reindeer, among others. Caregivers will almost automatically focus on the developmentally appropriate task of naming objects, since they are labeled in a large lowercase type below each picture. Descriptive phrases in a smaller font that curve around the pictures provide ways to extend the conversation with a little one: “star / so sparkly!” Toddlers will quickly discover the textures embedded in each picture. The snowman’s scarf has a soft patch. The Christmas stocking and Santa’s sack are both partially made of red fabric. However, many of the tactile elements are quite subtle. The silver ornaments and bows on a green Christmas tree are just slightly raised; bells on Santa’s sleigh are just shiny gold. The fluffy fur on “a cuddly…Christmas toy” labeled “puppy” may not survive Christmas morning. Its threads easily pull loose and will almost certainly find their way into baby’s mouth. (The book is not labeled for ages 3 and up, implying it’s been vetted for choke hazards; the hairs are extremely wispy and fine.) The thick pages are sturdy, the layout is clean, and the familiar objects are recognizable.
Add this one to baby’s first Christmas stocking. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)