FICTION

How Winston Delivered Christmas

Silver Dolphin Bks. Sept. 2019. 176p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781684129836.
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Gr 1-3–On a chilly and windy afternoon, eight-year-old Oliver dutifully writes his Christmas letter to Santa and pops it into the mailbox. A cruel wind blows it right back on the street and the letter eventually finds its way to a mouse named Winston. Once this sweet rodent realizes the importance of such a missive failing to arrive at the North Pole, he is determined to deliver it to the jolly man himself. The rest of the book recounts his adventures throughout the city as he meets a plump pigeon, visits an amazing toy shop, and is rescued from certain death by a cat named Pru. In the end, both Oliver and Winston get their Christmas wish and have a very merry holiday. Readers are instructed to read one chapter a day, starting on December first and ending with a half-chapter on Christmas day. Each chapter is around three pages long and is followed by an activity that families can do together, ranging from crafts, recipes, and ways to decorate the home for the season.
VERDICT Due to the format, this title is best suited as a gift or to add to a home library.

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