Perfect Picture Book Friday: Angelina’s Christmas – Reaching Out to Help Others

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s time for a Perfect Picture Book review and craft activity. If you head over to Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog today, you won’t find her usual picture book link up because the 4th Annual Holiday Contest is underway…check out the scores of incredible original stories – you are in for a treat!

Today’s picture book is especially perfect for this time of year. And I’m really excited because the author, Katharine Holabird, is going to be my Will Write for Cookies guest tomorrow.



Written by Katharine Holabird

Illustrated by Helen Craig

Publisher: American Girl (2002 – hardcover) Puffin (2008 – paperback)

Ages: 3-5+

Themes: Christmas, friendship, helping others


Opening Lines:

“Christmas was coming and everyone at Angelina’s school was working hard to prepare for the Christmas show. Angelina and the other children stayed after their lessons to rehearse and help decorate the hall.”


From Amazon:

“When Angelina Ballerina sees the postman, old Mr. Bell, all alone at Christmastime, she decides to bring him some holiday cheer. Cousin Henry doesn’t want to help until he finds that there’s a real Santa Claus living in their town!”


Why I like this book:

  • Great read-aloud with a wonderful message of helping others
  • Sweet engaging illustrations
  • A lovely story for Christmastime or anytime of year


How a parent can use this book:

  • As a wonderful launchpad for talking about helping others
  • Help your child make a card or bake some cookies for a homebound relative or neighbor – my younger son did this many years ago as part of a church school program. He was four years old and pasted so many pieces of ribbon and buttons and sequins on the card, it barely fit in the envelope. It was sent to an elderly homebound lady and several weeks later we received a lovely letter from her husband. He explained that his wife was blind and that she had been thrilled to get Peter’s card because of all the various textures she could feel on the paper. She knew how much effort the child who made it had put into it because there was not one empty space.


Related Activity:

Bake Holiday Cookies

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There are many ways you can make holiday cookies…from scratch or from a boxed mix or from a roll of premade dough that you find in the refrigerator section of the grocery store. And there are tons of websites that have recipes. I love Kids can help mix and measure…and decorate. Keep it simple and have fun!

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About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (Pomegranate Press, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, 2019), FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY WE MOVE (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2019), picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my 9-year old grandson.

Posted on December 12, 2014, in Christmas, Perfect Picture Book Friday and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that Angelina!! And I love that story about your sons Christmas card. Thanks for sharing!


  2. Catherine Johnson

    What a lovely story about the blind lady x


  3. Sounds like a super sweet book!


  4. Yes…all of the Angelina Ballerina books have a lovely charm to them. And I absolutely LOVE your website banner/header, Robin…it ROCKS!!!!


  5. My granddaughter loved this series. Such charming books!


  6. This sounds like a great book! 😀


  7. My girls love Angelina Ballerina, but I had never before noticed that it’s published by American Girl. Thanks for sharing this book and fun activities at Booknificent Thursday!


  8. I amm curious to find out what blog platform you happen to be using?
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