The Perfect Christmas by Eileen Spinelli

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Family one: exquisite pastries, a beautifully trimmed tree, and festive cello music.

Family two: an artificial tree, rock hard candy, and custom kazoo carols.

Full of silly humor, this cheerful picture book proves that no matter how you celebrate Christmas, it's the spirit of the holiday that counts the most.


About Eileen Spinelli

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EILEEN SPINELLI is the author of almost 50 books for young readers, including the middle-grade novels Summerhouse Time and The Dancing Pancake for Knopf, as well as picture books like Miss Fox's Class Goes Green, The Perfect Thanksgiving, Hero Cat, and The Best Story. Eileen lives with her husband, author Jerry Spinelli, in eastern Pennsylvania. MARJORIE PRICEMAN is the author-illustrator of How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A., as well as How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World. She has received two Caldecott Honor citations for Hot Air! The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride and Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin, written by Lloyd Moss. She lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
Published October 25, 2011 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books.

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Though the comparisons are humorous and both girls seem happy, the Archer family is obviously wealthier than that of the narrator, and some of the comparisons (for example, between a chauffeur-driven limousine and a pickup truck) are both exaggerated and elitist.

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Hailing from a frenetic family akin to the stars of Spinelli's Thanksgiving at the Tappletons' (noted below), a girl narrator despairs of her relatives' ineptitude as she contrasts her holiday table with that of Abigail Archer: "Their turkey is plump and golden./ Their napkins are made of lace."

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Once again, the narrator laments that her clan’s festivities fall far short of their neighbors’: “Abigail Archer’s family/ is perfect as can be./ They drive into the countryside/ to chop down their Christmas tree.” In contrast, “Our tree is artificial,/ completely out of shape,/ with ...

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