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Arthur imagines his ideal Christmas to include snow, the perfect tree, and his favorite food, but soon realizes that life isn't always what you'd expect. At first this discovery discourages him, but he soon learns to put his expectations aside and has a great Christmas. Once again Brown, well known for his popular Arthur Adventure book series and Emmy Award–winning PBS television series, employs the usual cast of characters to address a common situation. Family and peer dynamics are explored in a warm-hearted, amusing way to educate young readers. In the beginning, Arthur is sure this Christmas will be disastrous. Instead of a turkey dinner, Dad is preparing a Middle Eastern meal that might have been served during the time Jesus was in Bethlehem. Arthur is sure he'll hate it but ends up loving it. His image of a normal Christmas tree evaporates when D.W. decorates it with her trolls and unicorns. Worst of all, there's no snow. As in most Marc Brown books, everyone learns a lesson. Arthur's sister is consumed by the primary present she wants but finally recognizes that Santa knows best. Francine celebrates Chanukah with Muffy, who now appreciates having a friend as the best gift of all. Buster teaches his mom that the holidays are about being with loved ones, and Uncle Fred helps Arthur experience the true joy of giving and sharing. "Christmas is more than presents," he wisely advises. It snows after all and Arthur declares, "This is the perfect Christmas!" (Picture book. 4-8)

ISBN: 0316001309
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: "Little, Brown"