“Corduroy loves Christmas. There are so many things to do,” begins Corduroy’s Christmas by B. G. Hennessy with illustrations by Lisa McCue. Based on the character by Don Freeman, Corduroy’s Christmas is a lift-the-flap book for young readers between the ages of 3 and 6 years old. However, my 2-year-old toddler daughter also enjoyed the holiday book immensely.
The illustrations in Corduroy’s Christmas are absolutely darling and follow the tradition of the original Corduroy books. Each page of the story features two or more flaps to lift. Young children will delight in finding out the secret beneath each flap while reading about Corduroy as he prepares for Christmas. My daughter really loved lifting each flap as I read the story aloud to her. And I love that lifting flaps is great for her fine motor development!
The story in Corduroy’s Christmas is quite simple yet still engaging for young readers and pre-readers. Corduroy spends his time taking part in traditional Christmas activities such as baking cookies, writing letters to Santa, and caroling. With easy to follow language, this book introduces and reinforces many of the activities associated with Christmastime. Corduroy’s Christmas also makes for a great discussion about holiday activities. Parents can discuss their own family traditions as Corduroy prepares for his Christmas holiday.
Final Verdict: Young readers and pre-readers who love lift-the-flap books will surely enjoy Corduroy’s Christmas by B. G. Hennessy with illustrations by Lisa McCue this holiday season. Although recommended for readers in preschool through first grade, my toddler daughter also loved lifting the flaps in this book as I read the story aloud. In addition to the interactive illustrations, Corduroy’s Christmas also offers a familiar look at Christmastime to which most young readers can relate. My daughter and I have Corduroy’s Christmas four enthusiastic thumbs up.
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‘Corduroy’s Christmas’ Book Review © 2014 Heather Johnson
Cover of Corduroy’s Christmas © 2014 Heather Johnson
Inside Pages of Corduroy’s Christmas © 2014 Heather Johnson