Written and Illustrated by: Hannah Whitty
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
Publication Date: September 2012
Reviewed by: Ellen Feld
Review Date: August 30, 2012
Christmas is coming and everybody is excited! As all the animals of Willow Wood danced in anticipation, Badger suggested they have a party to celebrate. What a great idea! The wise owl, perched high above on his branch, offered to send out invitations. And, he announced, he had a special guest in mind. Who could it be?
Every animal in the forest was busy preparing for the party. The mice collected berries while Fox and her cubs found the perfect Christmas tree. Then all the animals who had been invited to the party began arriving. Would the special guest come too?
This is a delightful tale for children who want to share in Christmas preparations. At just eight pages, with minimal text, it should easily hold the attention of the youngest of Santa’s fans. The illustrations are vibrant and playful and are perfectly suited for this upbeat tale. The last two-page spread has a lovely picture of the “special guest” and tabs for every day of Advent to be opened by the eager owner of the book.
Quill says: This is one Christmas book that children will want to keep close throughout the Advent season.