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Age Range: 2 - 4
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Humphrey and his older sister Lottie are young elephant siblings in this third offering in a series for preschoolers by Hunter (Humphrey’s Bedtime, 2001, etc.). The little elephants are getting ready to celebrate Christmas at home, playing in the snow, decorating, cooking, and enjoying Christmas Eve traditions with their mother. Hunter’s soft, gently shaded watercolor illustrations help create appealing characters in striped pajamas, flowered dresses, and amusing reindeer slippers for Lottie. In one comical illustration, Humphrey opens the last tiny window on his advent calendar with his trunk, and in a subsequent circular spot illustration, he falls asleep on the big night with his stocking clutched in his arms. The last spread shows the elephant children opening their presents along with their baby sibling. The text on this spread is a little confusing, as Humphrey calls his toy monkey Mop, and Lottie says her new doll can be Lulu’s best friend, but readers who are new to the series won’t be quite sure if these names refer to the toys or the baby elephant. The simple storyline has just a few words per page, hand-lettered in soft gray like a child’s printing with pencil. The basic plot and short length make this a good choice for toddlers who need a short, calming bedtime story on Christmas Eve—just like Humphrey and Lottie. (Picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-8050-7176-8
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2002