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Under the Christmas Tree

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  36 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
The angel smiles
Atop the tree
And proves me right.
She's happiest there
Poised for flight,
Halo kissing the ceiling
Feeling closer to home.
Twenty-three holiday offerings from Coretta Scott King Award-winning poet Nikki Grimes showcase many facets of Christmastime. From neighborhood kids who only need an icy patch and trash-can lid to have fun, to a family grate-fully sitt
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by HarperCollins Publishers
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CH - Marvin Childress
Mar 15, 2010 CH - Marvin Childress rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry-k-8
By: Nikki Grimes; Illustrated: Kadir Nelson; Grades: 2-4
This book of poetry is written from the perspective of anticipation. It begins with taking out decorations for Christmas, and follows through Christmas Eve, the dinner, and days after.

This is really good. It's poetry, but it tells a story like a narrative. I truly enjoyed the poems and the style. The illustrations by Kadir Nelson are nice, as usual. This is the first time I thought about using, not only the text, but the illustrations, to
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Kay Carman
Feb 01, 2016 Kay Carman rated it liked it
Shelves: christmas, children-s
Award-winning poet Nikki Grimes offers twenty-three Christmas poems accompanied by the illustrations of Kadir Nelson.

I attended an author luncheon at the recent Public Library Association conference in Portland and heard Mr. Nelson speak and present a slide show of his work. He specializes in painting African American characters. His recent book, We are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, has been highly acclaimed. In the slide show I spotted a picture of some boys playing in a snow-c
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Sam Grace
Jan 05, 2010 Sam Grace rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sam by: Lieberry List
Yes, the illustrations are good, and yeah, I really enjoyed most of the poems. I think that if you want a book of contemporary child-focused Christmas poems in an illustrated book, this is probably perfect. That's why I put it on my "to-own" shelf, because I think it would be a lovely thing to read poems from every year during advent and on Christmas. Nevertheless, only one or two of the poems really moved me, and only one of the images was so beautiful that I had to keep going back to it. Still ...more
Kristi
Oct 02, 2016 Kristi added it
Shelves: poetry
This book is a set of poems describing the different aspects of Christmas. From decorations, traditions, and presents, this story depicts the fundamentals of Christmas that we have all come to know and love. I would use this book as apart of a poetry lesson or a fun book to read during Christmas time. This could also be a gateway in order to talk about different holidays that take place along side of Christmas.
Jessica Bennett
Dec 07, 2010 Jessica Bennett rated it it was amazing
Great poetry! This book is made up of different poems about Christmas. It may be some of the best Christmas poems I have ever read. It would be a great book to read during Christmas time if you were studying poems in your classroom. When reading this book, you could also share its writing craft of how beautifully the poetry is written.
Scooping it Up
Dec 07, 2012 Scooping it Up rated it it was amazing
This collection of Christmas poems is of course, turned from "lovely" to breathtaking by Kadir Nelson's always-wonderful illustrations. A fabulous one to add to any Christmas collection. My kids really loved it.
Dawn
Dec 06, 2015 Dawn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: with-my-kids, advent
I love great poetry, especially reading great poetry to my kids.
Gwen
Poems by Nikki Grimes. Text and illustrations offer beautiful and positive portrayals of black family life.
Sally Clark
Dec 12, 2013 Sally Clark rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas-books
Wonderful poetry and fun
Penny Gallop
Feb 12, 2008 Penny Gallop rated it really liked it
This book reflects on Christmas Holiday's in the past. What traditions are set within your family and how you religious background can affect the holiday season.
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Liked it 'til the end. Saying goodbye to Christmas is never easy!
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