Merry Christmas, Mary Christmas!

Merry Christmas, Mary Christmas! illus. by Kathryn Durst. 32p. Carolrhoda. Sept. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781467792615.
K-Gr 2—Everyone loves Christmas, but when your last name is Christmas, you love it even more. The Christmas family's celebrations diminish those of their neighbors, and this has begun to bother young Mary. She scorns the overabundance and wonders if there is "such thing as too much Christmas?" Mary seeks the advice of a wise mall Santa who opens her eyes to the true meaning of the day. This contemporary tale is timely and filled with relatable characters. The message that one person can bring about positive change, no matter the situation, is triumphant, and the idea that the holidays are for sharing is beautifully presented. Readers will root for Mary as she tries to shape her families' spirit into something everyone can enjoy. The colorful illustrations add to the merriment.
VERDICT A merry selection, just perfect for storytimes highlighting the true meaning of Christmas.

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