Holly Holiday and the Christmas Forest

Greenleaf. Oct. 2022. 40p. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781626349568.
Gr 1-3–Holly Holiday loves the magic of Christmas and is sad when the holiday is over. She wishes for Christmas, and especially the tree, to last all year. So Holly formulates a plan to keep the magic alive, literally; she and her family will have potted Christmas trees each year. Then, once the holiday is over, they will plant the trees. This environmentally friendly story shows Holly growing up and holding on to the magic that makes Christmas so special. The colorful animation-style illustrations add to the heart of the story. Holly’s smile stands out, and the minimalist vocabulary allows for a wide range of readers. Back matter includes a recipe for chocolate chip cookies and instructions on how to plant a tree. This book brings a new spin to the wonder of Christmas; with a character named Holly Holiday, how can readers expect anything less?
VERDICT Holly’s love of Christmas and the environmentally friendly message make this a lovely addition to the December shelves.

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