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A Houseful of Christmas

by Barbara Joosse
Illustrated by Betsy Lewin

Published by Henry Holt, 2001
32 pages
ISBN: 0-8050-6391-9

Ages 3 - 6

When Granny hosts the entire family for dinner on Christmas Day, her house is filled to the brim with relatives. "Whhhhh went the wind. Shhhh went the snow." They eat, they open presents, and they sing songs. Then they get ready to go, but the storm outside is raging. "You can all sleep here!" Granny tells them. So it's blankets and pillows on the floor, and mini-dramas in every corner. Little Otto is afraid there are monsters. Uncle Bert is dreaming of his firefighter days. Aunt Ivy can't sleep next to three squirming boys. "Tick tick tick went the grandfather clock. Whhhhh went the wind. Shhhh went the snow." Barbara Joosse captures the wonderful chaos of a large family gathering in this warm holiday romp illustrated with black pen lines and watercolor washes. CCBC categories: Seasons and Celebrations.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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