I Love You More Than Christmas

Tiger Tales. Sept. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781680102086.
K-Gr 3–This adorable picture book shows Little Bear and his family preparing for Christmas. Each spread brings a rhyming description of some of the wonderful holiday preparations, like holiday cards, baking, decorating, and singing carols. Little Bear is interrupted each time in his declarations of what he likes best about Christmas until the final page. The watercolor illustrations are perfect with the sweet message of the text. Interestingly, there is no mention of any religious connotations of the holiday celebration. The parts of the celebration that are highlighted are completely secular, down to the decorations and the music. The characters are all animals, but the celebration seems very conventional and European in nature, with a family unit of a mother, father, and cub.
VERDICT In a time of tight budgets, this is a nice overview of traditional nonreligious celebration, but not a first choice.

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