A young chipmunk wonders what Christmas is and sets out to find the answer.
His mother encourages him to think about what the holiday means. As they walk through the forest, they see woodland animals busily preparing for the arrival of Christmas. Badgers decorate with berries, a beetle family marches up a tree with presents strapped to their backs, and geese sing carols as they fly overhead. With each turn of the page, the little chipmunk asks “Is that Christmas?” Each is a part of Christmas, Mama tells him, but he still doesn’t understand. The little chipmunk falls asleep wondering if he’ll ever know what Christmas is. Charming illustrations with a retro, Disney-esque feel offer close-up views of life in the forest. As Christmas dawns, the woods are blanketed in snow, the chipmunk’s head the only thing visible against starkly white pages. He and Mama head up a hill and join all of the birds and animals in a joyful celebration of community. At last, the little chipmunk understands what Christmas is about. A simple, repetitive pattern of observation, question, and Mama’s wise answer builds suspense for children who also ponder the true meaning of Christmas. The book’s sparkly cover with its straightforward title will assure children that they will, in the end, know what Christmas is.
Perfect for snuggling up with on a cozy Christmas Eve. (Picture book. 3-7)