Countdown to Christmas

Gibbs Smith. (BabyLit). Sept. 2022. 22p. Board $12.99. ISBN 9781423661443.
Toddler-PreS–Christmas is here, and festively bright decorations fill homes and communities. The art of counting meets the always delightful search-and-find quest in this sure to be to popular book for little ones. Open the book to find a spread of retro-inspired illustrations showing a family at home or people within a community surrounded by all things Christmas. Each page sends readers on a quest to find a certain number of a specific Christmas items as they count down the 10 days until Christmas. “7 days until Christmas and we decorate gingerbread houses. Can you find 7 green gum drops?” Adults and toddlers will enjoy the seek-and-point actions while counting aloud as they find each item. Vibrant illustrations and promotion of vital early literacy skills using the love of a holiday make this a perfect gift for a young child.
VERDICT Recommended for general purchase in a picture/board book collection in a public library; or in an early childhood educational setting as item recognition, vocabulary acquisition, and counting are all brought together in one charming book.

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