cover image One Special Christmas

One Special Christmas

M Christina Butler, illus. by Tina Macnaughton. Tiger Tales, $14.99 (32p) ISBN

When Santa gets a cold, he leaves a sleigh full of presents outside Little Hedgehog’s home with a note: “Would you be able to deliver these Christmas presents for me?” Little Hedgehog is happy to assist, but his delivery plan literally unravels, and the gifts are thrown out of the sleigh. Luckily, his woodland friends step in to help save Christmas. Although readers may wonder why Santa doesn’t have a more substantial backup plan, Butler delivers a snug and cheery story about teamwork and improvisation in this touch-and-feel book, and Macnaughton’s endearing characters exude a tender, cooperative spirit. Touch-and-feel elements not seen by PW. Ages 3–7. (Sept.)