Monday, September 24, 2018

Counting Christmas - Guest Book Review by my Granddaughter Lydia

This is the first guest book review by my granddaughter Lydia, with some help from older sister Alathea and older Brother Andrew.

Lydia enjoyed Counting Christmas by Karen Katz for the colorful pictures and of course the Christmas Theme. She doesn’t remember her first Christmas, but she is aware of a certain nervous excitement in her brother and sister for the approaching season - and senses it is sort of a big deal. More importantly, she HAS heard the story of Baby Jesus, and she is excited to celebrate his birthday.

Lydia understands vaguely that the book is intended to teach children basic counting skills, but she finds that subject rather academic and of no use to her yet. Her sister Alathea, as you might surmise from the picture, likes to multi-task and was perusing another counting book, Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean.

Alathea likes both these books, but like her Grandfather, she prefers the classics, and for counting books the Gold Standard is really My First Counting Book by Lillian Moore, illustrated by Garth Williams, but she won’t ask Grandpa to read that one, because he thinks it is the saddest book ever written.

And finally, Andrew wanted to poke his head in too, and remind everyone that this whole Grandchild Book Review trope started with his review of Because a Little Bug went Ka-CHOO!

But this is Lydia’s review, and she gives Counting Christmas 4 Stars (Alathea is incredulous).

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  1. Joseph I love this so much. The love between you & your grandchildren shines in everything you say & from the lovely photos too.
    Thanks for sharing such a heart warming post - you’ve made my day.

    1. Thanks Brona! My wife and I are greatly blessed. Three great kids, two wonderful daughters-in-law, and five sweet grandchildren. ***bows*** Happy to have made your day.

    2. And...these Grandchild book reviews are always fun to do.


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