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Thursday 24 December 2015

Review: Christmas for Greta and Gracie

As sisters Greta and Gracie prepare for Christmas Day, it is older sister Greta who dominates their plans. Greta is chatty, confident, outspoken and knows just how to do things the right way. Gracie is smaller, quieter and prefers to take things slowly. Greta is impatient and often corrects Gracie or takes over, rather than listening and letting Gracie have her turn.

On Christmas Eve, Gracie’s ability to be slow and quiet comes in handy when she investigates a strange noise coming from another room. Will Greta finally stop and listen when Gracie tells her about her amazing meeting with Santa?

This Christmas story will seem all too familiar to some families, as they read about an older, more confident sibling dominating conversations and plans in the lead up to Christmas. The story offers a nice twist as Gracie’s Christmas Eve meeting with Santa finally gives her an opportunity to leave Greta lost for words.

Christmas for Greta and Gracie, brightly illustrated by author/illustrator Yasmeen Ismail, captures the excitement of the busy days leading up to Christmas and the magical hope that taking a sneak peek at the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve will result in a meeting with Santa Claus.

Title: Christmas for Greta and Gracie
Author/Illustrator: Yasmeen Ismail
Publisher: Nosy Crow , $22.99 RRP
Publication Date: 23 September 2015
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780857633118
For ages: 3 - 7
Type: Picture Book