What's Coming for Christmas?

Kate Banks, Author, Georg Hallensleben, Illustrator , illus. by Georg Hallensleben. FSG/Foster $15.99 (34p) ISBN 978-0-374-39948-1

The smudgy lines of Hallensleben's soft-focus acrylics capture the tranquillity of a snowy day in a semirural setting, while Banks's text reads like a lullaby, as “something” approaches in the days leading up to Christmas. Banks vacillates between ephemeral indications that something special is imminent (“You could smell it in the scent of cinnamon and spice that permeated the air”) and the signs that escape notice (“No one saw who put the gifts under the tree and filled the stockings.... No one, no one, no one”). A gently thrilling reminder of all the elements that make for a celebratory season. Ages 3–6. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 10/26/2009
Release date: 09/01/2009
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