counting to christmas

Summary:
From December first until Christmas morning, there is something to do every day to help prepare for Christmas.
Educational Themes:
Each of the days is represented by ordinals, so counting and number recognition are possible.
Reading Level:
2.1
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
1 to 5
Age of child:
started reading at 3 years old
Purchase Recommendation:
Skip it. There are lots of great stories out there that deal with the excitement that comes with Christmas.
Little Kid Reaction
It only took three readings before our preschooler started completing the sentences and describing the activities on each page. The repetition hasn't squashed his/her interest in reading it "again, Mommy."
Big Kid Reaction
What s/he loves quickly became tedious to us. Each page is a single sentence with a couple of verbs. It does have the right spirit, with Santa's arrival only a small part of the story's focus.
Pros:

The print is over-sized so that it takes up a lot of the page. The activities are (largely) ones that a young child recognizes and can do him/herself.

Cons:

This is a fairly simplistic representation of the holiday.


Title Counting To Christmas
Author Nancy Tafuri
Publisher Scholastic Inc. © 1998
Illustrators Nancy Tafuri
ISBN 0590271431
Material Hard Cover
Genres Picture Book, Christmas
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