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N Is for Navidad (Bilingual)
by Susan Middleton Elya & Merry Banks. Wonderful colorful illustrations by Joe Cepeda. Condition: NEW 2006 Chronicle hardcover (pictorial boards) & DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing. Content: A lively introduction to Latino Christmas traditions follows an alphabetical structure as a way to introduce key Spanish terms and explain holiday customs and activities. The highlighted words include the Spanish words for decorations, food, family members, key characters in the Nativity story and terms relating to church attendance. Additional days of celebration, such as Las Posadas and Three Kings Day, are also included. The authors skillfully pack their short, rhyming text with a rather amazing amount of information, while still making the text peppy and interesting. Cepeda fills his buoyant paintings with fruits and flowers in brilliant colors, smiling people enjoying the holiday treats and backgrounds in bright greens and blues creating a cheerful mood. The illustrations show one extended family enjoying the holiday in a chronological progression, from hanging the first decorations at the beginning of the season to setting out their zapatos (shoes) for Three Kings Day. An author's note provides further information (noting that most of the customs included are Mexican in origin), and a glossary gives pronunciations for the Spanish words and complete definitions. [1 copy left]
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N Is For Navidad, Chicano Christmas
N Is For Navidad, Bilingual Christmas

by Modern Publishing. B&W illustrations. Condition: NEW Modern Publishing trade paperback, no printing given. Content: Stories: Night Before Christmas (Moore); Elves and the Shoemaker; Twelve Days of Christmas; Gift of the Magi (O. Henry); Friendly Beasts; The Fir Tree (Andersen); and a section of lyrics to traditional Christmas Carols. Larger than normal print. [2 copies]
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Night Before Xmas & Other Stories

text and color illustrations by Tomie DePaola. Condition: NEW 2000 Scholastic softcover, fourth printing. Tiny edgewear. Beautiful Southwestern colors in the hands of DePaola are special. Content: The story of the nine days of Las Posadas as celebrated in Spain and in the Southwestern United states. The last page details a history of the holiday. [1 copy available]
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The Night of Las Posadas

by Tim Burton. Color movie stills illustrate. Condition: Gently pre-read 1994 Hyperion hardcover (pictorial boards - no DJ), first edition, first printing. Imprints back cover. Interior clean. Content: Everyone knows the story of Jack and his attempt to become Santa Claus - so I won't bore you. Cute book. [1 copy available]
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The Nightmare Before Christmas, Tim Burton

by E.T.A. Hoffman. Beautiful color illustrations by Maurice Sendak. Translated by John Manheim. Condition: UNREAD 1984 Bodley Head (London) hardcover edition, no printing given. DJ shows very light shelf wear and the bookstore price clipped it. Decorated end pages. Interior clean & tight Blank bookplate in a most unusual place - inside loose end page - which I believe covers a fit inscription. Book is 2.25 lbs. Content: Everyone knows the story of The Nutcracker, so I won't bore you. This is simply a very nice retelling of a classic. [1 copy available]
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The Nutcracker, Maurice Sendak

NUTCRACKER (Paperback)
by E.T.A. Hoffman. Beautiful color illustrations by Maurice Sendak. Translated by John Manheim. Condition: UNREAD 1984 Bodley Head (London) edition large paperback, 6th printing. This paperback book does have a dust jacket (in mylar jacket). Interior clean & tight with light shelf wear to bottom DJ back bottom fold. Book is 4.5 lbs. Content: Everyone knows the story of The Nutcracker, so I won't bore you. This is simply a very nice retelling of a classic. [1 copy available]
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The Nutcracker, Maurice Sendak

by J. otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh. Color illustrations by authors on an Apple computer. Condition: NEW 1997 Chronicle Books hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), first edition. Content: Welcome new, quirky Christmas fare - the story of a pet dog (Olive) who swears Santa Claus calls for her help via the radio. The adventures are humorous and hopeful. The TV movie differs a bit from the book, but is still worth watching. [2 copies available]
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Olive, The Other Reindeer
Olive, the Other Reindeer

A Coloring and Activity Book About the Night Jesus Was Born

written by Julie Campbell. Drawings by Deborah Borgo. Condition: NEW 2003 Warner Press over-sized softcover (16 pages), no printing given. Content: B&W drawings suitable for coloring, plus games and puzzles. And nicest of all: "This activity book is reproducable for classroom use!" Very nice for the season. [2 copies available]
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One Starry Night Activity Book

written by Ruth Bell Graham. Beautiful, detailed color illustrations (in the manner of Kraft) by Richard Jesse Watson. Condition: UNREAD 1997 Baker Books hardcvoer (red boards with gilt designs) and DJ (in mylar jacket), 4th printing. The book is unread, but has been perused on the shelf. Content: In a complex, lengthy picture book for older readers, an injured mountain boy, caught in a snowstorm at Christmastime, is taken in by a woman who lives in a log home the boy's grandfather helped build years before. After the snowbound pair become acquainted and the grandfather is notified of the boy's whereabouts, the woman launches into a telling of the Christmas story--beginning with the Creation and ending with the Resurrection. The setup seems awkward, but once the main story gets under way, things become more believable. Watson's artwork is unusually arresting, offering plenty of visual subtext to support the ambitious undertaking, which is actually a condensed retelling of the entire Bible. The double-spread Nativity scene truly commands attention, particularly the striking face of the young girl Anna, who has come to see the Christ child. Grades 4 - 6. [1 copy available]
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One Wintry Night

by Universal. Condition: NEW (shink-wrapped) 2007 DVD release of the 1991 animated movie. Content: Take your family to Bloom County with the quirky perennial favorite Opus n' Bill in A Wish for Wings That Work, a whimsical, wacky cartoon treat that's as funny for grownups as it is fun for kids! From Pulitzer Prize-winning author-artist Berkeley Breathed, it's a merry, madcap romp with Opus the earthbound penguin and his brain-fried feline cohort, Bill. Wrestling with an unfulfilled wish to soar through the air like any other self-respecting bird, the plucky penguin decides there's only one person who can make his aeronautic dream come true: Father Christmas. Bill the Cat coughs up a wild idea that just may bring a holiday miracle, but when ol' St. Nick finds himself in hot water on December 24th, the fate of Christmas itself suddenly depends on the kind of heroism that only comes in a penguin-sized package! Will Opus come to the rescue and learn the value of being true to oneself? Perfect companion to the book. [1 copy available]
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Wish For Wings That Work, DVD

A WISH FOR WINGS THAT WORK: An Opus Christmas Story (Book)
text and adorable color illustrations by Berkeley Breathed. Condition: UNREAD, but not perfect, 1992 Little Brown large soft cover, first printing. Problem: light edge wear to cover edges. Interior perfect. Content: The creator of the popular Bloom County comic strip takes up the well-worn theme of an animal who helps Santa. Opus is a penguin who longs to fly, but it's his swimming strength that makes him a hero after Santa's sleigh falls in a lake after the harness breaks. Reward: Santa's praise plus a ride aloft, borne by his friends the snow ducks. Nothing new here, but the story is told with competence and energy; the lavish mixed-media illustrations (airbrush smooth, cartoon style) have plenty of witty details. (Picture book. 4-8) Actually, all ages will love this book. Perfect companion to the DVD. [1 copy available]
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Wish For Wings That Work
Wish For Wings That Work

by Carol Carrick. Three-tone color illustrations by Donald Carrick. Condition: UNREAD 1978 Greenwillow/Weekly Reader hardcover (pictorial boards - library binding), first printing. Light tanning to parts of the white cover edges. Interior perfect. Content: A young boy has mixed feelings about having a birthday the day before Christmas - until Santa makes a surprise visit on his birthday! Now Paul realizes that Santa will come to see him twice a year. Nice, reassuring book for children born so close to (or on) Christmas. [1 copy available]
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Paul's Christmas Birthday

THE POLAR EXPRESS [Caldecott Medal winner]
text and color illustations by Chris Van Allsburg. Condition: NEW 1985 Houghton Mifflin hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), 38th printing. Beautiful illustrations. Content: One couldn't select a more delightful and exciting premise for a children's book than the tale of a young boy lying awake on Christmas Eve only to have Santa Claus sweep by and take him on a trip with other children to the North Pole. And one couldn't ask for a more talented artist and writer to tell the story than Chris Van Allsburg. Allsburg, a sculptor who entered the genre nonchalantly when he created a children's book as a diversion from his sculpting, won the 1986 Caldecott Medal for this book, one of several award winners he's produced. The Polar Express rings with vitality and wonder. The 2004 movie was directed by Robert Zemeckis and starred Tom Hanks, Leslie Harter Zemeckis, Eddie Deezen, Nona Gaye, and Peter Scolari. [1 copy available]
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The Polar Express

by Mark Kimball Moulton. Color illustrations by Deb Strain. Condition: UNREAD, but not perfect, 2000 Lang Books over-size hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket) first printing. Gift inscription on dedication page. DJ has medium repaired tear bottom back edge. Content: Have you ever been enchanted by Christmas? ...been lost in the flame of a candle, the glitter of tinsel, the fragrance of fresh pine boughs? Have you ever seen a Reindeer Moon? There comes a time when every child wonders..."Do reindeer really know how to fly?" We invite you to join us now and be enchanted by the magical tale of "Reindeer Moon." Discover how one family's loving, caring ways are rewarded, leading them to realize the answer to this timeless question. Perfect read-aloud book for teachers. [1 copy available]
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Reindeer Moon

by Mary Ann Smothers Bruni. Color illustrations by Thom Ricks. Condition: Gently pre-read 1985 TexArt hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), first edition, no printing given. No problems, just pre-read. Content: Welcome to Christmas on El Paso Street in San Antonio, Texas! You are entering the magical world of Christmas on the West Side of San Antonio. It is a world of posadas, processions, of mananitas, mornign serenades, and of backyard pastorelas, shepherds' plays. Meet nine year old Rosita. She wants to be Gila in Los Pastores, San Antonio's traditional Mexican Christmas drama. She knows all the words of "Palomita," Gila's song. She knows the caminata, the shepherd's walking song. She even has a basket like Gila's. Bruni is a Texan familiar with the Christmas festivities and Ricks' watercolors give a great insight into the rites of Christmas in Texas. [The text may be a bit "sweet" but the descriptions of the festivals are wonderful.] [1 copy available]
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Rosita's Christmas Wish, Xmas in Texas

SANTA BEAR (A Forever Friends book)
written & illustrated by Igloo Books. Condition: NEW 2010 Igloo padded hardcover (pictorial boards - no DJ issued), 5th printing. Adorable and bright color illustrations of the bears doing all kinds of Christmas activities. The front cover has foil lettering with snowflakes and Santa Bear's "fur" in non-shedding glitter. Content: This is one of those "awwwww" books. Perfect for beginning readers. It's Christmas Eve! The Bears have sung carols, baked cakes, sent cards and given each other presents. The tree is decorated, stockings are hung and almost everyone is asleep. . . Enchanting. Questions welcome & answered.
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Santa Bear, Children's Christmas

SANTA CALLS (Christmas in West Texas)
written & illustrated by William Joyce. Vivid & adorable color illustrations. Condition: Very Good 1993 HarperCollins large hardcover and DJ (price-clipped & in mylar jacket), first edition, first printing. The only problem with the book: gift inscription loose endpage. Content: Set in 1908 Abilene, Texas, it is the story of orphan Art Atchinson Aimesworth, his friend Spaulding Littlefeets and his sister Esther. One Christmas Eve Art receives a mysterious box and a summons to come to the North Pole -- signed "S.C." Intrigued (to say the least!), Art and his cohorts construct the machine inside the box and fly off to visit Santa, where adventures await them, Mr. and Mrs. Claus greet them, and Art renews his love for his sister. There is a surprise ending that lets us know that Santa and Esther have been in cahoots all along. [William Joyce is a magnificent illustrator. If you've ever happened to catch one of his covers for the New Yorker then you know what I'm talking about. Joyce has a style all his own. His pictures are curvy and lit with subtle variations. He's so accomplished that when he draws a gigantic character with just a tiny black dot of an eye, that character appears warm and inviting rather than scary and intimidating. As an artist, he is probably one of the best living today.] Questions welcome.
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Santa Calls, Texas Christmas

by Santa Claus (and Sheila Black). Color illustrations by James Bernardin, et al. Condition: UNREAD 1995 Ariel Books (Turner Books) large hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), first edition, first printing. DJ has some edgewear-shelfwear top edge. Content: Although the title page lists Santa Claus as author, the authorship belongs to Sheila Black, who has selected 11 of Santa's favorite stories about elves on long winter nights. "Christmas Tree Soup" will remind children of "Stone Soup" ; other stories deal with finding perfect presents or conquering disbelief about jolly St. Nick. The roundup isn't likely to displace any holiday classics, but the stories, which feature numerous colorful illustrations by a variety of illustrators, are perfect for reading aloud and will appeal to adults in search of new tales that provide comforting characters, such as talking bears and winsome kittens. [1 copy available]
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Santa's Christmas Storybook

by Hisako Aoki. Illustrations by Ivan Gantschev. Condition: NEW 2000 Scholastic softcover, 15th printing. Tiny edgewear. Content: The forest animals are alarmed when it appears that Santa might be too tired to make his Christmas rounds, until he recounts for them the Nativity story which gives the holiday its true significance. Ages 4 - 8. [1 copy available]
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Santa's Favorite Story

by Hisako Aoki. Illustrations by Ivan Gantschev. Condition: Gently pre-read 1982 Neugebauer Press hardcover (pictorial boards) & DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing. DJ is price-clipped. Content: The forest animals are alarmed when it appears that Santa might be too tired to make his Christmas rounds, until he recounts for them the Nativity story which gives the holiday its true significance. Ages 4 - 8. [1 copy available]
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Santa's Favorite Story

SANTA'S SUIT (Touch & Feel)
by Kate Lee. Adorable color illustrations by Edward Eaves. Condition: NEW 2004 Scholastic hardcover (pictorial boards - no DJ issued), firt printing. Content: "It's terrible," says Santa.He sighs and shakes his head."I want a different colored suit--I'm just so bored with RED!"Young children will have fun with colors as they touch the fluffy white suit, the prickly green suit, the satiny pink suit, and many more! But Santa's search comes to an end when he realizes the suit he really wants is the velvety red suit because . . ."RED is the best, and it matches Rudolph's nose." Ages 5 - 8. [1 copy available]
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Santa's Suit, Touch & Feel Book

by Brian Gleeson. Beautiful color ilustrations in the form of stained glass by Robert Van Nutt. Condition: BOOK ONLY!!! NEW 1993 Rabbit Ears hardcover (pictorial boards) & DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing. Content: Other illustrators have used the conventions of stained glass in creating art for picture books, but few have been as successful as Van Nutt in creating illustrations that look like traditional stained glass windows. The gestures of the figures, the jewel-bright hues, the placement of the black outlines, the style of the overpainting, and the luminous quality of the colors are all reminiscent of stained glass in churches and cathedrals. Retelling the Christmas story from the Annunciation to the return from Egypt to Nazareth, Gleeson's simple, respectful text is longer than most picture-book versions. Ages 4 - 8. [1 copy available]
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Savior Is Born, Gleeson, Van Nutt

color illustration by Carolyn Bracken. Condition: NEW 1993 Dover "booklet," no printing given. Content: Six full-color illustrations depict Santa overseeing elves in his busy workshop, listening patiently to children’s Christmas requests, presenting Mrs. Claus with a gift, emerging from a chimney and in two other charming vignettes. Children will love sending or receiving these cards, delightfully illustrated with a warmth and whimsy perfect for the Christmas season. Ages 4 - 8. [1 copy available]
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Six Santa Claus Postcards

illustration by Raymond Briggs. Condition: Gently pre-read, very good Random House 1978 edition, 9th printing, large softcover with name inside front cover. Interior clean & tight. Content: By now, everyone who grew up in the 80's and their parents know about The Snowman. Illustrated in full color. A wordless story. The pictures have "the hazy softness of air in snow. A little boy rushes out into the wintry day to build a snowman, which comes alive in his dreams that night. The experience is one that neither he nor young 'readers' will ever regret or forget." This book also encourages a child's imagination - he/she can make up the conversations between the Snowman and his child creator or compose their own ending. This is a great kid's book. [1 copy available]
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The Snowman

text and color illustrations by Steve McKinstry and Lucy Rigg. Beautiful, detailed (almost busy) color illustrations. Condition: NEW 1981 McKinstry/Rigg soft cover, no printing given. Content: This sweet Christmas story revolves around making Mama Bear's birthday, which falls on Christmas, special this year. The surprise gift has special meaning for all families. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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A Special Gift, McKinstry, Children's Xmas
A Special Gift, McKinstry, Children's Xmas

text and color illustrations by Nancy Tillman. Kohl's Care Book. Condition: NEW 2009 Feiwel & Friends hardcover (pictorial boards) & DJ (in mylar jacket), first edition, first printing. Beautiful color illustrations. Foil lettering and Xmas decorations on DJ front panel. Content: Bells jingle, sleds dash through the snow, trees are topped with sparkling stars, and children everywhere dream of candy canes and presents. But the best gift of all—the most magical gift of the season—is when we spend Christmas with those we love. Once again, this New York Times-bestselling author and artist has created a special, beautiful book that families will want to share year after year. (And readers will want to look for the Spirit of Christmas image that Nancy has hidden on every page!) Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Spirit of Christmas, Tillman, Children's Xmas

by Flo Baurys. Adorable color illustrations by Gerald L. Holmes. Condition: NEW 1999 Enchanted Rock (that makes sense to Texans) hardcover (pictorial boards) & DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing. Content: In this delightful holiday tale, a family of adorable armadillos spies a Christmas tree through the window of a ranch house, and they decide to create a tree of their own. Young readers will enjoy the armadillos' creativity as they search the plains for suitable materials to make the most beautiful Christmas tree in Texas. Ages 5+. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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a Spur For Christmas, Texas kids

STORIES OF SANTA: Up on the Housetop & Jolly Old St. Nicholas
(A Storybook of Two Beloved Santa Songs)

by the Editors of Hallmark. Beautiful color illustrations. Condition: Like-new (& possibly gently pre-read) Hallmark hardcover (pictorial boards) & DJ (small edgewear & in mylar jacket). No edition given. Content: Color illustrations of two great old Christmas songs, Up on the Housetop and Jolly Old St. Nicholas. Pages for a Christmas "Want List" , family photos, best Christmas memories, favorite Christmas songs and gifts. Neat holiday book. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Stories of Santa, Hallmark

by Don Freeman, Pamela Jane, Heidi Petach, Watty Piper, and Natasha Wing. Illustrated in color by Mike Lester, Lisa McCue, Christina Ong, Jerry Smath, Maggie Smith. Condition: NEW 2003 Grosset & Dunlap hardcover (pictorial boards - no DJ issued), first printing. Content: This book presents new Christmas stories for youngsters (Preschool +) starring familiar characters: Corduroy's Christmas Surprise (Don Freeman); Little Engine That Could and the Snowy Blowy Christmas (Watty Piper); The Night Before the Night Before Christmas (Natasha Wing); Wee Three Pigs (Heidi Petach); All About Christmas (Pamela Jane); and The Nutcracker (Adapted by Schuyler Bull). (1 copy available)
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Storybook Treasury of Christmas

text and illustrations by James Rice (Cajun Night Before Christmas). Condition: NEW 1996 Pelican (a great little publisher) soft cover (stapled wraps), second printing. Content: With a team of recalcitrant longhorns pulling his sleigh, "Santy" pays a visit to a family on the Texas prairie, bringing gifts and Christmas cheer. 32 pages. Adorable! Questions welcome. (1 copy available)
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Texas Night Before Christmas Coloring Book

by Gary Soto. Warm & appropriate color illustrations by Ed Martinez. Condition: UNREAD 1994 Scholastic soft cover, 6th printing. Tiny edge wear with a local PBS Station logo bottom front cover corner. Interior perfect. Content: While helping her parents prepare tamales for a Christmas celebration, Maria notices her mother taking off her diamond ring. Unable to resist temptation, Maria slips the ring on her finger and continues with her work. It is only after the tamales are cooked and ready to be served that she realizes that she has lost the ring -- probably in one of the tamales. Will Maria and her cousins be able to find the ring? Illustrated with oil paintings. [1 copy only]
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Too Many Tamales, Christmas Books

by Mark Kimball Moulton. Beautiful color paintings by Stewart Sherwood. Decorated end pages. Condition: NEW 2001 Lang hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), inside slipcase, second printing. Problem: DJ is perfect, book is perfect, bottom edge slipcase (with image matching DJ image) shows a bit of shelf wear. Content: Reviewer: "The best children's literature has to meet two criteria: they must be beautifully illustrated and their story/message should resonate with people of all ages, not just with children. This book meets those criteria wonderfully. The illustrations are both fanciful and yet able to tell the story on their own. The story, with its message of appreciating every single day, not just special ones like Christmas, and regardless of your circumstances, is an important one for all ages." Everyone knows the legend of jolly, old St. Nick and his late-night travels on Christmas Eve, but did you ever wonder what he does the rest of the year? This is the story of a mysterious traveler (who bears a striking resemblance to the old Christmas Elf himself), and the gift of peace he offers to a discouraged young boy one warm day in spring. Questions welcome. (1 copy available)
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Traveler's Gift, Christmas in July

by Allen Say. Beautiful full-page color illustrations by the Author. Condition: UNREAD, but not perfect, 1992 Scholastic Book Club Edition hardcover (pictorial boards - no DJ), first printing. Binding error bottom cover spine.Name top of Title Page. Interior perfect. Content: Heedless of Mama's warnings, a Japanese boy cannot resist playing at an ice-cold pond "filled with carp of bright colors." When he comes home, he is immediately treated for a cold, with a hot bath and rice gruel. His mother's attitude chills him more than the weather, though; he cannot understand why she seems to be ignoring him. Hearing a noise in the garden, the boy spies Mama digging up the pine tree that was planted when he was born. She brings it inside and decorates it with paper cranes and candles. It is a Christmas tree, the first for the boy, and the first in many years for his mother, who tells her son she comes from "a warm place called Ca-li-for-ni-a." The story is a poignant one, illuminated with finely drawn illustrations reflecting the serenity of a Japanese home and the quiet love between mother and son. Say, who came to this country from Japan when he was a teenager, again exhibits a laudable sensitivity to Eastern and Western cultures--and to both the differences and the similarities between them. Ages 4 - 8. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Tree of Cranes, A Christmas Story in Japan

by Anna Quindlen. Illustrated in color by Nancy Carpenter. Condition: NEW 1997 Viking hardcover (pictorial boards) & DJ (in mylar jacket), first edition, second printing. Lovely warm & appropriate color illustrations. Content: A family finds a way to preserve the feeling of Christmas into the new year by filling a basket with the pine needles from the Christmas tree. Questions welcome. (1 copy available)
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The Tree That Came to Stay

TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS (Hologram/AniMotion Book)
color illustrations by Jade Fang. Adorable and detailed color illustrations. Condition: NEW 2011 Accord/Andrews McMeel hard cover (basically a large board book - pictorial boards), first printing. Content: The holidays just got a little more merry and bright with this featuring AniMotion. Whimsical illustrations reflect AniMotion technology and spread holiday cheer in this new take on a timeless Christmas classic. From swans a-swimming to ladies dancing, The "days" come alive with each turn of the page. Beginning outside a picturesque village, and journeying through festively decorated streets as the caroling procession grows, The Twelve Days of Christmas culminates with a huge celebration in the village square--complete with a partridge in a pear tree. It's enough to make lords leap, pipers pipe, and drummers drum! Questions welcome. (1 copy available)
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Twelve Days of Christmas, Holograms
Twelve Days of Christmas, Holograms

Traditional Christmas Song Lyrics. Beautiful color illustrations by Ann Savage. Condition: NEW 1992 Thomas Nelson hardcover (pictorial boards - no DJ issued), first edition, first printing. 2 pale binding wrinkles back cover - publisher's error. Content: First Printing Stiff card pages unfold to nine feet long, with music on one side, and trees with flaps that open on the other side. Book closes with a ribbon tie. Questions welcome & answered. (1 copy available)
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Twelve Days of Christmas, FoldOut Book

text and great colorful illustrations by Laura Rader. End pages decorated with map of the US with California rimmed with Christmas lights. Also there is a big color map of the state. Condition: UNREAD, but not perfect, 2009 Sterling hardcover (pictorial boards) and DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing. The binding is just a little off - not bad, but there. Content: Welcome to the 12 days of Christmas in California! Ready to greet you are 12 redwoods swaying, 11 cable cars clanging, 10 sea lions barking, 9 mountains rising... and much more from the Golden State. Teri is so excited about her cousin Brad's visit to California that she gives him one of these VERY unusual gifts on each of the twelve days of Christmas, and Brad writes lively letters home to tell his mom and dad all about his trip. Lucky readers are in for a wild Christmas countdown! Questions welcome & answered. (1 copy available)
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Twelve Days of Christmas in California

by Patricia Polacco. Warm & appropriate color illustrations by the Author. Condition: INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR IN 1996. UNREAD 1995 Philomel soft cover, first printing. Content: For the children in an extended family of Russian immigrants, Christmas at Uncle Vova's provides a literal and visual feast. There is the savory porridge, kutya (each aunt's recipe is different); there are paper ornaments, a sleigh ride and, not least, Vova's loving decoration of an evergreen for the animals outside. The year after Vova's death, the family's sorrow is tempered by the miraculous sight of the animals decorating Vova's tree. Polacco uses splashes of vibrant watercolor with delicately pencilled faces--an unusual and striking technique that manages both to exude the gaiety of the celebrations in the here-and-now and to suggest the centuries on which the customs rest. She highlights intriguing details of Russian holiday lore and also pays tribute to the importance of honoring one's heritage by preserving tradition. [1 copy only]
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Uncle Vova's Tree, Signed, Christmas Books

THE VERY FIRST CHRISTMAS (The Gold Medallion Book Award)
by Paul L. Maier. Color illustrations by Francisco Ordaz. Condition: NEW 2003 Concordia soft cover, second printing. Content: Author and historian Paul Maier aims to "return the Christmas focus where it belongs" -- on the story and spirit surrounding Jesus' birth. Thus, The Very First Christmas doesn't follow the prescribed children's Christmas-book themes -- with fairy-tale winter settings in quaint, old European towns. Maier instead sets the story in the American West, where a curious 8-year- old boy named Christopher wants a "real" bedtime story. His mother then tells him the miraculous story of the Nativity. Maier lays out a traditional Christian apologetic approach, using tools such as archaeology and history to prove the trustworthiness of the Bible. In the chapters that follow, he analyzes the Nativity through the lenses of economics, law, literature, geography and even meteorology, claiming that this composite reveals the "unfamiliar story" of Christ's birth. Some readers may quibble that Maier bases his claims on a rather selective reading of the evidence, but most will enjoy the rich detail he offers about daily life in Palestine around the year 5 B.C. [Ages 4 - 8] The thinking child's Christmas Story. Questions welcome. (1 copy available)
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The Very First Christmas, Maier

by John Grogan. Wonderfully clever color illustrations by Richard Cowdrey. Condition: UNREAD 2008 HarperCollins hardcvoer (pictorial boards - no DJ), first printing. Has been perused on the shelf. Interoir clean. Content: With all the excitement of Christmas approaching, it's no surprise that Marley, the lovable pup with a nose for trouble, wants to get in on the action. Anticipating his very first snowfall and Santa's arrival, Marley jumps in to help his family every way he can. But Marley, being Marley, always ends up on the wrong side of right. It's not long before he tears down the twinkle lights, attacks a chain of paper snowflakes, and mistakes the Christmas tree for . . . well . . . his very own indoor bathroom. Will Marley's good intentions ruin everything before Christmas begins? Or will he manage to share some Christmas magic with his family after all? [2 copies]
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Very Marley Christmas

by Gloria Houston. Illustrated in color by Barbara Cooney. Condition: UNREAD, but not perfect, 1996 Puffin Pied Piper soft cover, 4th printing. Poor shelving has produced a very pale and light diagonal crease top front cover through Title Page with tiny tear bottom Title Page. The remainder of the interior pages are clean & tight. Working on making it better. Content: Acclaimed author Gloria Houston has written a tale that is as joyful and timeless as Christmas itself. Jewel-like paintings by two-time Caldecott Medal winner Barbara Cooney capture all of the season's warmth and mountain flavor. "A heartwarming holiday story, simply told and graced with true sentiment rather than sentimentality" Publisher's Weekly Bestseller. Booklist Best Books of the Decade. Questions welcome. (1 copy available)
$ 3.75 + $ 3.19 media shipping.

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Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree

WHEN SANTA WAS A KID (Hello Reader Chapter Book)
by Janice Leotti-Bachem. Illustrated in color by Anthony Lewis. Condition: NEW 2003 Scholastic soft cover, fourth printing. Content: This little book tells how Santa learned to give the right gifts when he was a young boy - in 4 chapters. Questions welcome. (1 copy available)
$ 1.00 + $ 2.51 media shipping. Priority shipping available.

Price: $ 1.00
When Santa Was A Kid, Chapter Book

art by unknown artist. Condition: NEW package of 12 bookplates made by pacaritambo books. The peel-off label stock is heavier than most bookplate materials and is matte and not glossy. They are as perfect as possible, and we feel the subject matter is much different than you can get anywhere else. 3.0 wide x 4.0 high. Content: Adorable polar bear cavorting with 3 little penguins decked out for winter and Christmas. We can personalize your bookplate (the font is Davida Bd BT) - just email us the name. Any questions, click here to email us.
$ 4.00 + $ 2.85 first class shipping. International shipping available.

Price: $ 4.00
Polar Bear & Penguins Bookplates, Kids

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Christmas Tree