Peter H. Reynolds, Author and Illustrator
Candlewick Press, Sept. 24, 2013
Suitable for Ages: 3-7
Themes: Christmas, Gifts, Disappointment, Family
Opening: “Roland was eager for Christmas Day. He raced downstairs to see what was waiting for him.”
Synopsis: When Christmas morning arrives, Roland races to the living room and finds the smallest gift ever with his name on it. He closes his eyes and wishes for a bigger gift. Not happy, he wishes again and again. Larger gifts magically appear, but they don’t satisfy Roland. Frustrated, this feisty and determined boy sets off in a rocket to search the universe for the biggest gift. Looking back at earth, Roland realizes what he wants most.
Why I like this book: Peter Reynolds has created a very charming story that both children and adults will relate to in a manner that is light-hearted. Reynolds addresses the importance of family and being happy with what you have in a very entertaining manner. This is a small book packed with a big message. The illustrations are festive for the holidays as each page is beautifully done in bold splashes of red and green. And, the characters are done in Reynolds signature cartoon style. This is a wonderful gift book. Visit Peter H. Reynolds at his website.
Resources: This is meant to be a humorous read, but it also can be a great discussion book to talk with kids about the importance of Christmas. Put out paper, markers, crayons, glitter and glue and encourage your child to make Christmas cards or small gifts for family members.
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