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Christmas: A Baby Einstein Book    by Disney order for
by Disney
Order:  USA  Can
Disney, 2011 (2011)
Hardcover, Softcover
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

This touch and feel book is part of the Baby Einstein series that provides toddlers with the opportunity to see and feel objects in the context of a board book.

In this instance, a number of objects associated with the holidays are pictured on the pages along with the name of the item. A Christmas tree with a star on top, brightly colored ornaments, candy canes, a Santa's hat, and a festive holiday wreath with a red bow are just some of the things pictured here.

As a special treat, some of these items also have a stimulating feature that will help the child develop tactile discernment. For example, the stocking is fashioned from velvet, the gift is wrapped in foil, and the hat has a cotton fringe.

As you page through this book, let your young child turn the thick pages and feel the special items. If the child is a bit older, you can practice word recognition and make up little stories around each grouping of items. I like to use the items to ask a series of questions. For example, while looking at a sheet of Christmas gingerbread men, I'll ask, 'What kind of cookies do you like? How many cookies do you see there? Who do you think would like to eat those cookies?'

A simple book of this nature can be used as a catalyst for storytelling or creative questioning. So have fun with it, but don't be limited by what you see on each page!

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