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Arthur's Perfect Christmas Hardcover – Oct 1 2000

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Oct. 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316119687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316119689
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.6 x 26 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #924,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ages 4-8. This book accompanies the PBS prime-time holiday special by the same name; hopefully, the action will make more sense on screen than it does on the page. There are several stories going on here. Arthur is hoping for a perfect Christmas, but everything is working against it: there's no snow; Dad is making a Middle Eastern meal instead of roasting a turkey; and Arthur picks out the perfect present for his mom and then breaks it. Then there are the subplots, which continue every few pages or so and make the narrative difficult to follow. In one rather bizarre subplot, Buster's mother keeps waking him up and giving him presents because she thinks his Christmas will be ruined without his dad, from whom she's divorced. In another, Muffy is rude when Francine chooses to stay home at Hanukkah rather than come to a Christmas party. All in all, this is a jumble, but some libraries will want to have the book on hand when the special airs. For die-hard fans. Ilene Cooper
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About the Author

Marc Brown is the creator of the bestselling Arthur Adventure book series and creative producer of the number-one children's PBS television series, Arthur. He has also illustrated many other books for children, including Ten Tiny Toes and If All the Animals Came Inside. Marc lives with his family in Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard.

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Format: Hardcover
Despite the useful lesson that Americans enjoy the holiday season differently, the true gem of this story is the soothing way things can work out, even when they are not going the way you had hoped. ARTHUR'S PERFECT CHRISTMAS is really a story about how all of us get wound up for this time of the year, fantasize about it and become crushed when it's not so picture perfect. Our children, ages 8 and almost 4, shuddered when Arthur accidently broke the beautiful gift he had chosen for his mom--only to be buoyed by his Uncle's surprise gesture. They also watched intently as the typically spoiled Muffy finds that despite having received many Christmas gifts, what she wants most is a resurrection of her fractured friendship with Francine.
This story spends much energy on getting kids to understand that different families celebrate the holiday in different ways, from Hanukkah to Kwanzaa. Because Arthur fans never knew before that Arthur was a Christian, Francine a Jew and the Brain an African-American, it at first seems "stretched-to-fit", a little forced. The lesson, however, is invaluable because human beings even in similiar faiths and cultures do not necessarily celebrate in similiar ways. While this is an vital lesson of its own, it is ultimately trumped by one that all us can recognize and share, that is friendship and compassion towards others can prevail. It can make any holiday disappointment seem "perfect."
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I love the cartoon series on PBS - good TV viewing for my two young kids while they eat their after school snack. We borrowed the book from the library so much that I hit the internet to find a copy at a decent cost. This is a great story of how important your attitude is in accepting situtations that do not always go according to plan and how there are hidden opportunities for happiness when plans go off track.
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Marc Brown's Arthur is very popular with young people. It is usually well written. However, I found Arthur's Christmas lacking. I thought at first a page was missing. The story did not flow well and felt like he was trying to cram everything about the winter holiday season into a 32 page book. I found it much too busy. It seemed rushed and not well thought out.
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