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Was That Christmas?

2.83  ·  Rating Details ·  24 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
At preschool Bella learns all about Christmas -- that Santa Claus will come in his sleigh pulled over the snow by his reindeer. And he will bring a huge brown sack full of presents. Bella tells her beloved cat, Black Jack, about it when she gets home. But when Santa actually comes to her preschool, Bella is bitterly disappointed. He doesn't seem to be the real thing at all ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published 2001)
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Johna Brown
Nov 17, 2013 Johna Brown rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful story for small children about all the wonderful things that make Christmas so special. Before Bella started preschool, she did not know about Christmas. Her teacher introduced Christmas by reading a story about the holiday. The story read in class talks about how Santa’s reindeer will pull him over the snow to deliver the presents inside of his sack. “Santa” came to Bella’s school and all of the students loved him. Bella was upset because he was not like the Santa in the sto ...more
Megan Marvel
Dec 15, 2013 Megan Marvel rated it did not like it
No, your definition of "Christmas" is inaccurate and a bit too singular. There are many reasons and presents aren't what you should concentrate on. I would NEVER read this book to a little kid.
Zinnia Garay
Dec 03, 2012 Zinnia Garay rated it did not like it
Shelves: holiday-books
When I first started reading it I thought it was going to be about sharing and caring. Plus my toddler got distracted midway and the book held no interest afterwards.
May 11, 2016 Jasmine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super adorable.
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A sweet picture book about Christmas British style.
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