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When Santa’s workshop is destroyed by a ferocious storm, even the richest man in the world is stumped for a way to save Christmas. Just when everyone seems to give up all hope, the unstumpable Ava Buttons, together with her friends, discover a way to make Christmas wishes come true. Motivated by a desire to help others, Ava converts even her naughtiest friend, Rowdy Meyers, from an enthusiastic getter to a champion giver.
Very Christmas is a refreshing departure from the typical holiday picture book. Featuring a unique design without pagination or chapter numbers, children are encouraged to remember pages based on a memorable font, word, or page color. The characters throughout the book are purposefully not illustrated so readers have the freedom to dream them up and see themselves reflected in the story.
As the saying goes, "It is better to give than to receive." And that's the moral of the Very Christmas story. A storm leaves Santa no choice but to cancel Christmas wishes. An adult tries to remedy the problem but it's young Ava and her friends who come up with the real solution.
I enjoyed the overall plot of the story and think it's teachable to children. They learn that kids can make a difference and that Christmas isn't all about the gifts. The pages are filled with different colors and fonts. Even the writing style is different throughout the pages, making it quite interesting. I do wish there were more illustrations rather than the many snowflakes dotted throughout. The book is 27 pages long and the story is extensive, so it may take a while to get through it all. It's best to read this story when you have a lot of time to read to your child, or when your child is able to read it for themselves in sections.