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Counting to Christmas

3.19  ·  Rating details ·  80 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
With her richly hued, large-scale illustrations, Nancy Tafuri captures the wonder and fun of a child's Christmas season. This counting holiday book also shows children how to make Christmas cards, cookies, popcorn string, and animal treats.
Hardcover, First Edition, 48 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by Scholastic Press
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Dec 09, 2008 rated it liked it
Eh. A bit bland, but some kids might like the "counting" element and there are instructions for the crafts that the girl makes so young readers can do the same. (Note The cover art is the best in the book.)
Dec 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Eh. Might have been better if there was a different activity for every day the little girl was counting down to Christmas, but combining days for one activity like baking cookies was a little lame. My 2-year-old enjoyed it bc it counted down to Christmas, but if it weren't for his enjoyment of this book, I would have rated it a 1.5 or 2 stars.
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it
A toddler book. There is some activites in the back of the book for children.
Dec 14, 2011 rated it liked it
This story has elements of the holidays and is a good ay to introduc vocabulary like trimming the tree. The book has a countdown to Christmas so children can work on their counting as well. The pictures are simple, but get the point across.

This book would be good to pair with the different crafts and activities from the story. one example would be coating pinecones in peanut butter and birdseed.
Mary Sesar
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great book to use for younger children. It's about a little girl who doesn't just think about Christmas and presents. She counts down the days by doing activities each day to help celebrate the holidays.
I would use this book to teach children that Christmas is more than just presents and Santa and that there's many things to do to help celebrate the holidays with your family. This book is a Caldecott Honor winner.
Think advent calendar only in book form. Days are measured by the seasonal traditions one little girl celebrates. Watercolor and ink illustrations splotlight each activity and really help build the anticipation of Christmas Day. I loved the two page spread in which just a glimpse of Santa is seen.

Rounding out the book is a recipe for gingerbread cookies and craft ideas. PreK-2.
Its a great book to see numbers is numerical order. It was a kid friendly book. It would be a great book to use becuase it has some vocabulary that would be very educational for the students to know.
Feb 15, 2014 rated it liked it
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I'd use this book as a read aloud with preschool-age children maybe in conjunction with a discussion about what they do in their families for the winter holidays. It would be a good independent reading book for a first grade room too.
Maria Waltner
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was hoping for something that my four year old nephew (who is brilliant with numbers) would like but this is older and very sweet. I can't see this keeping his attention.
Shelby Troutman
Counting 1 to 25.
Dec 19, 2008 rated it liked it
There are directions for crafts and a recipe at the back of the book.
Nov 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Read to Logan before nap, too. We loved the illustrations!
a simple book counting from Dec. 1 to the 25th. It will be a good for the preschoolers.
Dec 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Great illustrations. Wonderful Christmas book and great way to incorporate learning numbers.
Mar 05, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: pb-seasonal
What s/he loves quickly became tedious to us. Each page is a single sentence with a couple of verbs. It does have the right spirit, with Santa's arrival only a small part of the story's focus.
This is a really cute book for really little kids. It's a good book to read around the Christmas season. The text is simple but the illustrations are nice.
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Nancy Tafuri is probably best known as the creator of Have You Seen My Duckling?, a 1985 Caldecott Honor Book described by Parent’s Choice as “beautifully precise yet emotionally affecting.” Trained as a graphic designer, Tafuri has authored more than 45 books over 30 years for the very young.

When Tafuri first attempted picture book illustration in the late 1970’s picture books were aimed at five-
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