Each double spread has its own background colour, animal and task allocated to that animal. All characters radiate a happiness that transfers itself to the reader. I love ‘we wrapped the presents’ which shows the colourful butterfly/moth emerging from its cocoon, a symbol of life’s renewal. ‘And sing the carols’ shows birds of all shapes and sizes together on a branch, singing; a unity of differences.
The last page has all the animals gathered together ‘to share the joy’. The bright red covers and end pages shout: Simply perfect!
Title: My Merry Christmas
Author: Rosie Smith
Illustrator: Bruce Whatley
Publisher: Scholastic Press $16.99 RRP
Publication Date: November 2013
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book