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WHAT’S COMING FOR CHRISTMAS?  by Kate Banks Kirkus Star


by Kate Banks and illustrated by Georg Hallensleben

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: Oct. 7th, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-374-39948-1
Publisher: Frances Foster/Farrar, Straus & Giroux

The anticipatory atmosphere of the Christmas season is deftly explored in this unusual view of the holiday by a talented author-and-illustrator team. Evocative paintings with bold strokes and an Impressionistic flavor provide an atmospheric window into the life of a farm family as it prepares for the holiday. The farm animals also feel a sense of growing anticipation that a special event is about to occur, and the concluding Christmas surprise is a newborn colt. The muted colors and quality of Hallensleben’s illustrations create a dreamlike feeling, matched by the quiet, lyrical text, with its simple, repeated refrains that create a mounting sense of mysterious expectation. Few Christmas stories meld both the Santa and Nativity aspects of the holiday, but this effort succeeds admirably with both memorable art and a satisfying story. (Picture book. 3-6)