This is a cute little big sibling picture book about Christmas and special ornaments for the tree. I like the fact that the main character's sibling isn't revealed until the end of the book.
What a really cute book. Great for a Christmas gift..
This story is about a young girl telling us how her family decorates their tree. The illustrations are really good, they make the story come to life as you read the words. Decorating the tree at this house is a family thing, including the family cat. My favorite part of this story was when she talks about the story behind each ornament.
This is a super cute picture book. You don't know till almost the end but *spoiler alert* the older sister is teaching her baby sister how to decorate a Christmas tree what makes it all extra sweet. I loved the way family was portrayed in this book. They talked about relatives from both sides of the family but our main character's uncle was also there decorating with the family which I thought was really cool. The art was awesome! Love how it looks like things are jumping off the page, you wanted to reach right out and touch them.
Join a happy family as they decorate their Christmas tree. Narrated by young Della Rose, she shows off the family's ornaments, and talks about their special meanings as she hangs them on the tree. This one hits all the right notes, and will hopefully encourage others to tell stories about their holiday traditions.
Miki Sato's cut-paper illustrations are a real treat.
**ARC provided by NetGalley for honest review**
How to Decorate a Christmas Tree by Vikki VanSickle was a charming and cozy Christmas picture book with strong family and holiday themes. The family is decorating their tree and the little girl goes on to explain the meaning behind each ornament which makes it all the more relatable. I could see lots of kids starting conversations about where all their Christmas decorations came from and learning lots of new stories about their families as well. The Book was beautifully crafted also, using materials like paper and textiles to give the pictures a realistic and textured look. A great choice for Christmas reading with the kids. Recommend.
The illustrations/art was very cool and made it super fun to slow down and look for each picture/page. Perhaps some diversity mixed it would make this feel more contemporary.
I received an electronic ARC from Penguin Random House Canada through NetGalley.
VanSickle uses a gentle tone as this young girl narrates decorating a Christmas tree. She goes over the steps involved and shares about each ornament. Readers feel part of the narrative and will appreciate the last few pages when she reveals who she is talking with. The illustrations carry this soft theme as many parts are constructed with felt and appear 3D. This connects the text and the art to bring out the sense of family and love.
On a snowy night, a family brings home a Christmas tree and begins to decorate it together. As each ornament is unwrapped, a young girl remembers its story. This year's new ornament is for a new member of the family, and it feels as if the reader is invited into the warmth of a baby's first, cozy Christmas.
The mixed media art gives a 3D effect to each page, and it really sets this book apart from other holiday stories. This would make a wonderful gift for a child's first Christmas--or first year with a new sibling!
I received an advanced copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
It's the holiday season in this picture book, "How to Decorate a Christmas Tree." Follow a young girl and her family as they pick and choose what ornaments should go on the family tree. Some are handmade, and some are fragile, but they all have a place on the tree. The uncle wants more popcorn, and the new baby wants to decorate, too. With hot chocolate and a candlelit atmosphere, this family is ready for some holiday cheer. Oh, and I absolutely adore the art creativity. The papercraft is so cool and interesting to look at. I loved this one, too!
A wonderful story of a girl showing the newest member of her family ,her baby sibling how the family decorates the family Christmas 🎄 tree .
Setting up the tree , putting on the lights and all the ornaments on the tree .
I absolutely loved this story and the illustrations were beautiful and perfect for the story. I loved how the authors shared how a Christmas tree can be personalized and how each ornament can hold a special significance and create a feeling whether sad or happy .
I think this would be a great jump start for a family to start collecting ornaments or making their own or a classroom art project.
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I absolutely loved this book - such a sweet story and the illustrations were amazing! I am an early elementary library teacher and I definitely could picture myself reading this to my kindergartners and first graders. The story itself is simple yet talks about so many traditions and memories that something as simple as decorating a Christmas tree can evoke. I can just imagine the conversations that this book would generate with my students!
Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
I liked the premise of this book that the family tells different stories about the ornaments when decorating the Christmas tree, ornaments can have a lot of meaning. I did not feel the book lived up to its full potential but it can be used as a bedtime read leading up to Christmas.
It's time to decorate the family Christmas tree. A young girl shares all the steps to decorating the tree including special ornaments, lights, icicles, the star and all those that helped her along the way. She shared memories as well as the ornaments were unwrapped. I try to make decorating my tree a fun time with the grandchildren, so we talked about that as we read this book. It seems I might have to make popcorn strings this year. We loved that Taffy the Cat was involved, but didn't wreak havoc like their cat, Mamalade, does. With a surprise at the end, this was a cute family Christmas story. While the story was cute, the illustrations by Miki Sato were amazing. The images were three dimensional using layering with fabric and paper. A fun story that will be read again as we get closer to Christmas.
HUGE fan of the artwork in this step-by-step Christmas tree decorating book for children!! It’s a sweet little read a loud book and a great addition to my children’s Christmas book collection.
A digital copy of this book was supplied by NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for my honest review.
How to Decorate a Christmas Tree is a refreshing and light book that provides an emphasis on the importance and fun of Christmas traditions and history. The main character narrates some of the history surrounding her Christmas ornaments, such as a pine cone from a camping trip and a soccer ball from her coach. This book will spark interest in the minds of kids to learn the history of each of their own ornaments. The illustrations mix well with the story to create the appearance of a fun, textured 3D experience. How to Decorate a Christmas Tree presents readers with a different take on typical Christmas books, making it a wonderful gift for Christmas
Thanks so much NetGalley Penguin Random House Canada, and Tundra Books for this cozy arc!
This was such a delightful storybook. I loved how it was illustrated, and the story was just so sweet! It definitely put me in a cozy Christmas mood, in the middle of June haha! The girl narrating and the cat helping were just too cute. :)
The title and cover of the book caught my attention. Who doesn’t love Christmas? The illustrations in the book were unique and beautiful. The pages showed different mediums and textures. The story was also good, showing how different family members come over to help decorate a tree and how certain ornaments have special meanings and memories for family. The only reason I am not using this book for my curriculum is I have several students that do not celebrate holidays due to their religion. So I can not use holiday books. I will suggest it to the kids and parents who do celebrate. This book would be a good gift for them for St. Nick day at the beginning of December.
My son loves Christmas and the holiday season so he absolutely loved this book. Definitely going to have to buy him a physical copy
One of my favorite things is to decorate a Christmas tree. In this story the little girl walks us through and shows us how to decorate a tree. She has the help of her little cat. The illustrations are beautiful and will help make this a family favorite for the holidays.
How to Decorate a Christmas Tree really puts you in the Christmas Spirit. The book's artwork is styled like a scrapbook which adds to the cozy homemade mood. I also like how the story of the ornaments were explained. My family has always been big on sentimental ornaments. This book would be a perfect holiday addition for any child and library.
Thank you to Netgalley and Tundra Books for providing me with a review copy.