Sunday, December 21, 2014

#Review: Baby Kitten and Friends Celebrate Yule/Winter Solstice by Sherrie Dolby, Illustrated by Malgorzata Godziuk #Yule #Kidsbooks

Baby Elephant, Baby Tiger, and Baby Bear have never celebrated Yule before. Their friend Baby Kitten invites them to Yuletide dinner where they learn about this day of celebration.

My review:
This book I found to be a nice little book from the start. Young friends have gathered together to talk about their individual celebrations at this time of year. As you would expect they are excited. Only the one, Baby Kitten, is unsure because she celebrates something different.

Curious as "kids" will be, they want to know what Yule is and as the summary states, they learn about the celebration when they go to her house. There were explanations along the way but not in an overly religious fashion but also not dumbed down either. Yule was explained enough that the characters and the readers could understand. A tiny ritual was even integrated into the book.

A nice feature as with other books I have read, is the use of a glossary in the back of the book. This certainly helped to explain some difficult words or what things are that were used for the celebration of Yule.

The reader could celebrate Yule/Winter Solstice along with the characters and still feel comfortable with their own celebrations.  I liked how the author incorporated acceptance throughout the book.

If I was to say anything negative about this book, it is the fact the author chose to have baby animals for the characters. Usually I would not mind this but it just seemed wrong for this book. I really would have liked to have seen real children. Also, since this is essentially a chapter book, albeit only three chapters, this cannot be classified as a picture book, thus the idea of "baby" anything seemed inappropriate.

In spite of what I just wrote above, I overall liked this book and give it 4 stars and a Happy Yule.

Disclosure: I picked up a Kindle copy of this book for my own use. As with other books, I have read this month, I wanted to give an over view of the celebration of Yule that you, my readers, might do. I should not have been amazed at the lack of books for children on the subject, but I was.
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