I Got the Christmas Spirit

illus. by Frank Morrison. 32p. Bloomsbury. Sept. 2018. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781681195285.
PreS-Gr 1—Wintry scenes on every page set the scene for another winning picture book from this husband-and-wife duo. As in I Got the Rhythm, Morrison's ebullient oil-on-canvas paintings depict a young African American girl in an urban setting who is overjoyed that the Christmas season has arrived. The story begins with the girl waking up to snow falling outside her bedroom window. The text and illustrations show the child using all five senses to experience a winter day during the Christmas season. "I heard the spirit in the air…" She and her mother spend the day shopping, ice skating, caroling, and visiting Santa Claus; the girl's joy in her surroundings is evident in the illustrations. The colors are rich and saturated, but not overdone. Schofield-Morrison's text is concise enough to make this a good choice for a storytime, even for preschoolers. The message, "THE SPIRIT IS YOU!" and that the holiday is as much about giving as receiving are important ones.
VERDICT A first purchase for schools or communities that wish to include Christmas in their winter celebrations.

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