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Under the Christmas Tree

by Nikki Grimes
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Published by HarperCollins, 2002
32 pages
ISBN: 0-688-15999-0

Ages 4 - 8

Twenty-three poems about the Christmas season capture the excitement, anticipation, and wonder of the holiday for children, as well as quieter moments of reflection. The poems cover a wide range of topics, referencing the Three Kings and angels, Baby Jesus, and Santa Claus, unpacking decorations at the start of the season and sweeping the last vestiges of the tree out the door at its end. Kadir Nelson's lovely illustrations are filled with African American children and families observing and celebrating the season. They have a warm, glowing feel and capture the essence of each poem in this book that can be enjoyed by all children whose families celebrate Christmas. CCBC categories: Seasons And Celebrations; Poetry.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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