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Was That Christmas? [Hardcover]

Hilary McKay , Amanda Harvey


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October 2002

At preschool Bella learns all about Christmas -- that Santa Claus will come in his sleigh pulled over the snow by his reindeer. And he will bring a huge brown sack full of presents. Bella tells her beloved cat, Black Jack, about it when she gets home. But when Santa actually comes to her preschool, Bella is bitterly disappointed. He doesn't seem to be the real thing at all -- no sleigh, no snow, no reindeer, and, worst of all, no present for Black Jack in his huge brown sack. "Was that Christmas?" Bella sobs to her mother on the way home from the school party.

So Bella's family has to show her all the things that still have to be done before it is really Christmas, like baking mince pies, buying presents for her mother and father, icing the cake, and getting the Christmas tree.

This is a delightful story for small children about all the wonderful things that make Christmas so special, told and illustrated by an award-winning author-and-artist team.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; 1 edition (October 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689847653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689847653
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 25.2 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,978,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Santa's visit to her preschool leaves Bella disconsolate: he didn't bring a present for her cat, he didn't bring his reindeer, and there isn't any snow. "Was that Christmas?" she wails. Her mother assures her that it's "just the beginning," and outlines upcoming preparations. Bella replays her question twice more, giving her father and grandmother each a chance to describe more traditions. As in her novels, McKay (The Exiles) mines family dynamics with wit as well as tenderness, and the patterned structure, like Harvey's (My Friend John) mellow vignettes, will beguile a preschool audience. Ages 2-6.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-Three-year-old Bella learns all about the tree, the sleigh, and the sack full of presents, but is disappointed when Santa arrives at her preschool without snow and nothing for her black cat. "Was that Christmas?" she complains. Her parents reassure her that there is much more, and show her the fun involved in preparing for the holiday. When it arrives, Bella is pleasantly surprised to see snow and a stocking full of gifts for Black Jack. A simple and reassuring story with perfectly suited soft pastel vignette and full-page illustrations.-M. W.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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