FOUR FRIENDS AT CHRISTMAS by Tomie dePaola

FOUR FRIENDS AT CHRISTMAS

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Age Range: 3 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The indefatigable dePaola (Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story, p. 1307, etc.) offers a holiday story adapted from a chapter of his 1977 Four Stories for Four Seasons. In this version, Mister Frog wishes to celebrate Christmas for the first time, doing everything just right. (In past winters he has always been hibernating and has missed all the fun as described by his friends Mistress Pig, Missy Cat, and Master Dog.) Mister Frog can’t resist a nap, however, and awakens on Christmas Eve just in time for some holiday help from his friends. Each one arrives dressed as Santa and carrying a decorated tree for Mister Frog. Younger preschoolers will enjoy solving the little mystery of the multiple Santas, with small portraits of each animal friend above and below the text as helpful clues along with the details of their respective Christmas trees (bone ornaments for Master Dog and vegetable decorations for Mistress Pig). The four friends fall asleep together on the last wordless page, with the more traditional Santa shown arriving in the background next to the fireplace. DePaola uses his appealing animal characters to advantage as usual, dressed this time with Victorian costumes. Mister Frog is a particularly sympathetic sort, with a sporty fez and expressive eyes drooping shut as he tries to resist settling down for a long winter’s nap. Thank goodness for friends—and Tomie dePaola. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-689-85282-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2002




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