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THE PETERKINS' CHRISTMAS

Elizabeth Spurr, Author, Wendy Anderson Halperin, Illustrator , illus. by Wendy Anderson Halperin. S&S/ Atheneum $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-689-83023-5

'Tis the season to be silly with the loveable but daft stars of Lucretia P. Hale's late-19th-century work The Peterkin Papers . Mama, Papa and their brood prepare for the holidays in true Peterkins style—raising the parlor ceiling for a too-tall Christmas tree and underestimating their trimming needs. But the family's kind, if mysterious friend, the Lady from Philadelphia, helps save the day via a special delivery package. This time-proven gem, polished to a new shine, makes for a fun read. Halperin's (Love Is… ) intricately framed watercolors, comfortably packed with cozy period detail, punctuate the text's quirky, warm tone. Ages 7-10. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 09/27/2004
Release date: 10/01/2004
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