The Christmassy Cactus

­HarperCollins. Sept. 2023. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780063039643.
PreS-Gr 2–Tiny Cactus lives on a bookshelf in a happy house full of love. She is adored by a little girl who refers to her as “my little cupcake” and “the sweetest bonbon.” Tiny Cactus has never experienced the Christmas season, and her eyes light up as she sees sparkling decorations being pulled out of boxes and a magnificent tree decorated with twinkling tinsel. Holiday music plays throughout the house, and delicious smells emanate from the kitchen. Tiny Cactus desperately wants to be part of it, but the little girl hasn’t blown her kisses or called her sweet names lately; it’s as if the girl has forgotten about her and is focused on the dazzling Christmas tree instead. Perhaps if she was decorated like it, the little girl would see her as more than a tiny cactus. The importance of friendship is emphasized in this story. Tiny Cactus also learns about hope and believing. Kang’s enchanting illustrations are perfect for young children. The limited amount of color and background helps readers focus on the subject. Readers can see Tiny Cactus’s excitement as she experiences the holiday for the first time, as well as her evident pain when she feels her friend has forgotten about her. The joy she encounters at the conclusion creates the perfect ending.
VERDICT An excellent addition to a holiday collection.

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