The best parts of Christmas

by Murguia, Bethanie Deeney,

Format: Print Book 2015
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
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Brentwood Library Special Collections XMAS COLL E Murguia
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Carnegie Library of Homestead Juvenile Picture Book J PIC Murg
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Hampton Community Library Holiday CHRISTMAS E MURGUIA
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A boy who really loves his Christmas tree finds a way to preserve its spirit year-round in this sweet and child-friendly holiday story.

Fritz knows that the best parts of Christmas happen around the tree, whether decorating it with traditional and unexpected ornaments, sharing snacks, or opening presents. And Fritz gets to pick out the perfect tree: one that can be the centerpiece for his family's celebrations, but can also make for good company when he needs some quiet time. But when Christmas is over and the tree begins to drop needles, Mom and Dad say it's time to say good-bye. But Fritz isn't ready to let his tree go. How can Fritz keep his Christmas tree--and the happiness gathered around it--with him all year through?
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "It's a happy day for Fritz when his parents let him choose a Christmas tree. Back home, his father strings the lights while he takes charge of the ornaments: first the shiny red balls and then homemade decorations such as Mama's cookies, Fritz's handprints, and even repurposed toys. The family gathers around the tree to sing on Christmas Eve and open presents the next morning. It's a sad day when the tree drops its needles and Papa hauls it away, but Fritz saves a bare branch and recreates a bit of Christmas in his bedroom. Throughout the book, Fritz's thoughts and emotions shine through with clarity. When the family decorates the tree, there's a wonderfully childlike moment when he ignores Mama's advice to space out the ornaments, because they want to be close to their friends. In the ink-and-watercolor illustrations, Murguia achieves some lovely effects though pleasing line drawings and the sparing use of color and detail. A good read-aloud choice, this Christmas picture book reflects one child's quiet joy in his favorite parts of the season.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Like many children (and adults), Fritz-who first appeared in I Feel Five! (2014)-sees his family's Christmas tree as an emblem of the season. Even after all the presents have been opened, the tree still retains its gentle magic. But when it comes time to take the brown, desiccated tree away, "Fritz is not ready for Christmas to be over." As in the previous book, Fritz proves an able and thoughtful guide for children facing a transition. In this case, he beats his post-holiday funk by placing one of the tree's branches in a vase in his room and decorating it, remembering, "almost anything can be an ornament." Saying goodbye to Christmas can be sad; Murguia sensitively reminds readers that memories of good times linger even when the holidays themselves must pass. Ages 3-7. Agent: Elena Giovinazzo, Pippin Properties. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Christmas trees -- Fiction.
Christmas -- Fiction.
Christmas decorations -- Fiction.
Christmas trees -- Juvenile fiction.
Christmas stories.
Publisher Somerville, Massachusetts :Candlewick Press,2015
Edition First edition.
Audience Preschool.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN 0763675563
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