HOLLY’S CHRISTMAS EVE by Wendy Watson

HOLLY’S CHRISTMAS EVE

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Age Range: 3 - 6

KIRKUS REVIEW

The ornaments on a glowing Christmas tree have a life and adventures of their own in this tale with a cheerful, retro feeling. Holly the doll ornament is the star of the story, and she’s a thoroughly modern miss who solves her own problems and isn’t afraid of anything. Her best ornament pals are Cloth Bear, a traditional sort in a green vest, and Tin Horse, who must be an imported ornament from Mexico because he tosses Spanish terms into many of his comments. The plot centers on Holly’s missing arm, which Bad Cat broke off when he was climbing up the tree attacking the ornaments. The three ornaments search for Holly’s arm, fending off rude, riddle-posing Vacuum Cleaner and a marauding spider, and finally climbing into Trash Can to find the missing limb, which Santa Claus then reattaches. Watson’s (Rabbit Moon, not reviewed, etc.) paintings use a muted palette lit with golden light from candles and tree lights, and she uses heavy outlining, luminous colors, and interesting perspectives to provide strong graphic interest. Though the story is a simple one, the amusing characters, folksy narrative voice, and attractive illustrations combine into a satisfying, if unusual, Christmas Eve tale. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-688-17652-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2002




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