A Homemade Together Christmas

illus. by Maryann Cocca-Leffler.32p. Albert Whitman. Oct. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780807533666.
PreS-Gr 1—When Luca's family decide to give one another only homemade Christmas presents this year, his sister, mom, and dad get to work on their surprises right away. Although he has plenty of good ideas—build a snow bear, make honey granola, make origami birds—none of them work out right. Luca's mother consoles him by saying the best part of Christmas is spending time together, which gives him a terrific idea that incorporates parts of his earlier failed gifts. The whimsical watercolor illustrations depicting a family of clothed, dainty-hooved, rotund pigs will charm readers, as will the way each family member's gift harmonizes with the others to create a special Christmas morning.
VERDICT A sweet and nonpreachy depiction of an old-fashioned, noncommercial way to celebrate the holiday.

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