The Doll People's Christmas by Ann M Martin

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Interestingly, the dolls spend time near the (non-mobile) figurines of the Palmer family’s Nativity scene, though the book doesn’t delve into what the crèche represents. Still, the authors’ gentle storytelling and Helquist’s intimate images of the dolls’ miniature world create a Christmas story that’s rich with emotion.
-Publishers Weekly

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Christmas is Annabelle Doll's favorite time of year. She loves celebrating with her family, and she especially loves all the beautiful decorations Kate and Grandma Katherine put up in the dollhouse. She can't wait to have Tiffany and the rest of the Funcrafts over for their very first Christmas. But when the angel topper for the Dolls' tree breaks, Annabelle is convinced the holiday is ruined. And things only get worse when Kate and Nora decide to use the dolls to create a nativity scene downstairs, meaning Annabelle won't be able to keep her special traditions at all! But as Christmas spirit fills the Palmers' home, Annabelle realizes that all she needs for a truly perfect holiday is to share it with her friends and family. Praise for the Doll People series: The Doll People
* "[A] marvelous treat."
-Kirkus Reviews, starred review
The Meanest Doll in the World* "Wrapped in humor and adventure are serious considerations of self-esteem, the power of intimidation, and the nature of friendship."
-Kirkus Reviews, starred review The Runaway Dolls* "Fast-paced, satisfyingly developed, the book is doubly enjoyable for its foundation in a solidly imagined doll culture."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review The Doll People Set Sail* "A rousing adventure that treats fans to thrilling action (on a miniature scale) and personable new dolls to discover."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review
 

About Ann M Martin

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Author Bio: ANN M. MARTIN is the author of many books for young readers, including Rain Reign, Belle Teal, A Dog's Life, and A Corner of the Universe, a 2003 Newbery Honor Book. She is also the author of the Baby-sitters Club series and the Family Tree series. Ms. Martin makes her home in upstate New York.LAURA GODWIN, also known as Nola Buck, is the author of many popular picture books for children, including Oh, Cats!; One Moon, Two Cats; This Is the Firefighter; and Christmas in the Manger. Born and raised in Alberta, Canada, she now lives in New York City.Illustrator Bio: BRETT HELQUIST is the illustrator of the best-selling A Series of Unfortunate Events books, as well as many other popular titles. He worked as a graphic designer before becoming a full-time illustrator. Brett lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York. See more of his work online at bretthelquist.com.
 
Published September 13, 2016 by Disney-Hyperion. 48 pages
Genres: Children's Books.
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Above average
on Jun 21 2017

Interestingly, the dolls spend time near the (non-mobile) figurines of the Palmer family’s Nativity scene, though the book doesn’t delve into what the crèche represents. Still, the authors’ gentle storytelling and Helquist’s intimate images of the dolls’ miniature world create a Christmas story that’s rich with emotion.

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