Testa, Maggie Olivia Counts Down to Christmas Illustrated by Shane L. Johnson. Simon Spotlight, 2012. $6.99 PICTURE BOOK Content: G.
Olivia makes a list of ten things that she wants to do before Christmas comes in ten days. Each day she does something “Christmasy” such as mail a letter to Santa, help her dad string Christmas lights, help her family put up the tree, go caroling, handout cards to her friends, make ornaments and visit her grandma. She approaches each activity with her usual Olivia gusto and spreads Christmas cheer to her friends and family. The last page of the book shows Olivia’s mom tucking Olivia in the night before Christmas. Olivia’s mom thanks Olivia for all of her help.
This is a typical Olivia book with bright illustrations and an easy to follow storyline. The countdown to Christmas is all of the basic preparations for the holiday and Olivia’s excitement is cute. I like the way she treats her family and I think she is a good example of how to be a help around the house. There are better Christmas books out there, but if you have readers who like Olivia they will enjoy this book as well.
EL (K-3)-OPTIONAL. Reviewer, C. Peterson.