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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Children’s Book Review: Christmas is Coming

Author: Monika Utnik-Strugala
Reviewed by Chloe Fuksa, Putnam Six Bookstore

Christmas Is Coming is a really fascinating new children’s non-fiction book in which Polish author Monika Utnik-Strugala explores Christmas traditions and celebrations from around the world. This book is a little over 100 pages long, and it is broken up into 39 different aspects of the holidays. The age range for this book is stated as 8-12, but it is rather for any age at all.

Kids (and adults) can learn about how a town in Sweden has a straw goat that is 23 feet tall, or how Germany has over 150 Christmas fairs (weihnachtsmarkt) throughout the country. They can learn about the eating of kutia in Lithuania and hallacas in Venezuela – and why some Japanese flock to KFC on Christmas Eve. There’re even sections on a steamboat-riding Saint Nicholas in the Netherlands on November 11th and a Christmas lottery throughout Spain on December 22nd. And so many more!

This book is not a chapter book with a story to read through, but rather a fun, informational book where kids can pick different customs to learn about. Because each section is no more than a few pages, this would make an excellent evening or bedtime book. The illustrations throughout are also quite beautiful and fit the different cultures discussed. Overall this is a really neat book that should certainly be added to anybody’s collection of Christmas books.

Visit us in Sunset Plaza or call 580-297-5089 to get your copy of Christmas Is Coming today!

Chloe Fuksa
Chloe Fuksahttp://putnamsix.com
Chloe Fuksa is the owner of Putnam Six Bookstore, located in Sunset Plaza. Like many others in her hometown, Chloe was sad to see Hastings close and decided to open a local independent bookstore in October 2018. Chloe loves that books can comfort you and teach you, they can make you laugh and make you cry, they can transport you to faraway places and inspire your wildest dreams.



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