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delightful holiday short story collection
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COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS!: WITH A STORY A DAY is a delightful collection of holiday-themed stories from the Peanuts. With recognizable characters, the book features a short story for each day of December, leading up to the 25th. The stories include writing letters to Santa, baking cookies, gift exchanges, and so much more. Although each day is an individual story, they all contribute to the getting into the holiday spirit.

What I loved: This is a delightful collection of stories that really helps children and their parents to get into the holiday mood one day at a time. The stories contain many recognizable holiday traditions, but with the Peanuts spin on the stories, including misunderstandings, friendship gestures, and sibling squabbles, as they lead the way through December. With a story for each day, this type of collection is great for an Advent-style countdown to the holiday and will give parents a new bedtime story for each day of December up to Christmas, which is helpful to add some variety into the reading routines.

The repeating characters throughout the book are great for young children to recognize and make it all the more fun. The favorites in our house are definitely the stories featuring Snoopy and Woodstock, who always have the cutest antics. Although they are not linearly connected, the holiday theme joins them all together (also, no cliffhangers).

Each story features at least one large, brightly-colored illustrated scene, and though not every page has an illustration, they do represent the story well. Children will love seeing the characters featured in the story along with fun details as they are read aloud. Furthermore, the font in which each story is printed is large and easy to read, clear even in the dim light of bedtime.

Final verdict: A great choice for variety at bedtime or just as a special counting down treat, COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS!: WITH A STORY A DAY is a delightful collection of stories to get readers into the holiday spirit. Recommend for preschool and elementary school aged readers.
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