TITLE: Grace At Christmas
AUTHOR: Mary Hoffman
ILLUSTRATOR: Cornelius Van Wright & Hu-Hwa
PUBLISHER: Dial Books For Young Readers, 2011
Grace loves Christmas – acting out the nativity story, opening presents, celebrating with Ma, Nana and Paw-Paw. But this Christmas Nana announces they will have visitors from Trinidad. Grace is horrified! She does NOT want to share the day with another little girl she doesn’t even know. But after some wise words from Nana, Grace’s generous spirit shines through. And in the end, as they all share a special surprise, Grace thinks it could be the best Christmas ever!
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : Grace’s beautiful face called to me from across the library and I had to add this book to my Christmas list! She loves everything about Christmas from the presents to performing in the Nativity, to spending time with her family. When extra visitors arrive unexpectantly, Grace is afraid her favorite holiday celebrations will be changed forever. And she was right! But not in the way she feared, and readers will love the way new friendships are forged and new Christmas traditions created! A nice addition to any library!
RATING: ****4 Stars****
1 star…probably not worth your time.
2 stars…there are some things to like, but some elements could have been stronger.
3 stars…this story will appeal to some readers, but others might find it lacking something.
4 stars…strong story, nice illustrations, and should grab the attention of many readers.
5 stars…superbly written story, stellar illustrations, a must addition to any book lovers’ collection!
Jack is afraid of the THING in the closet. Monty is afraid of the LUMP in the bed. One day boy and monster both decide they no longer want to fear what hides in the dark. Both have a plan, but will be surprised by what they discover after A BUMP IN THE NIGHT.
Hybrid published author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of flash fiction, children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna offers occasional BOOK NOOK REVIEWS of great children’s books and offers WRITERLY WISDOM to new and established writers. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Alliance of Independent Authors, and Children’s Book Insider. Donna loves dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection.
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