Item description for Carl's Christmas by Alexandra Day...
Overview Left alone on Christmas Eve, Carl and his young ward wrap a present for Mom and Dad, frolic in the snow, and then return to the house to wait for Santa Claus
Publishers Description A family's faithful dog and the baby left in his charge share an adventure-filled Christmas Eve.
Citations And Professional Reviews Carl's Christmas by Alexandra Day has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/1992
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Studio: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 4.75" Height: 6" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Binding Board Books
Release Date Oct 1, 1992
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN 0374311021 ISBN13 9780374311025
Availability 0 units.
More About Alexandra Day
Alexandra Day is the pseudonym for Sandra Louise Woodward Darling. She is the author of Good Dog, Carl and the rest of the beloved Carl books, including Carl's Christmas, Carl's Birthday and Carl's Snowy Afternoon. Darling was born in 1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to a large and close-knit family. Painting was a popular family recreation, and almost every family excursion included one or more easels and a variety of sketch pads, chalks, paints, and pencils. For four years, the family lived on a hundred-acre farm in Kentucky. Here young Sandra grew especially fond of riding and training horses, and became a dog owner for the first time. Living in the country also provided plenty of time for reading, a life-long passion.
Sandra illustrated her first book in 1983: The Teddy Bears' Picnic, a popular children's song by Jimmy Kennedy. That same year, she was visiting Zurich, Switzerland, when she came across a volume of old German picture sheets, one of which featured a poodle playing with a baby who was supposed to be taking a nap. This image proved the inspiration for Good Dog, Carl. The Darlings' own dog, a Rottweiler named Toby, was the model for the book's main character. Since then, two other Darling Rottweilers have posed as Carl in the seven sequels: the late Arambarri, who was named for one of the Darlings' favorite jai alai players; and Zabala, who currently moonlights as an Our Best Friend therapy dog, visiting hospitals to cheer patients.
About her work Sandra says: "I think that one of the reasons my illustrations have appealed to people is that they can sense my sincerity. I know that marvels exist which are just outside our ordinary experience, but that at any moment we may turn a corner and encounter one of them. Children also believe this, and because they and I have this conviction in common, we, as creator and audience, make good partners." Sandra lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband, Harold.
Alexandra Day currently resides in Seattle, in the state of Washington.
Reviews - What do customers think about Carl's Christmas?
Animals as babysitters Apr 17, 2008
I tried this once, where I left the kids with the cat while I went to see my parents (who definitely didn't want to see their grandkids), it didn't work as well as a Rottweiler because when I got home the kids were crying because that stupid cat didn't even feed them. Their diapers hadn't even been changed. This book gives a false impression that if you leave your kids alone with your pet they will go all sorts of places and be taken care of, let me tell you maybe Carl is really special but I have know just a select few who can leave their kids with their pets, and actually have their kids provided for.
Carl;s Chritmas Jan 10, 2007
Excellent illustrations - allows prereading skills to develop before connection to print is made.
Kids Love the Impossibility of It Jul 18, 2005
In spite of the reservations of some earlier reviewers, I'd say our kids love the Carl books precisely BECAUSE nobody would use a rottweiler as a babysitter or as a pint-sized saddle horse for a toddler! We laughed and made a big deal to our kids that nobody would ever do any of this.
It is a bit over the top to consider this a dangerous book. If you've ever read the stories made up by very young children, in fact, these are quite tame. They enjoy thinking about being in control and what wild things they could do if the grown-ups weren't around. It's not as if your kids are going to try balancing a cake in the air while standing on a ball or will try flying a kite indoors after reading "Cat in the Hat." Although the pictures are realistic, these books are in that league.
PS The art in these books is beautifully and lovingly done, almost love letters to dogs and young children. They are a pleasure to look at, regardless of your age.
Miss Green's Class, Lee Elementary School, Azusa, CA Oct 5, 2004
Carl is a big dog who baby sits his family's baby and they have lots of fun adventures. You have to figure out what is going on by the pictures because only the first page has words. You will like this book. Carl is cool and we wish we had a dog like him.
Won't show this book to my toddler Sep 27, 2004
The fantasy story in this book is delightful, as are the illustrations. However, the book repeatedly shows a baby riding on a dog. There is no way I'm going to give the idea of riding a dog to my 2-year-old, especially because we have a dog in our household. This book would be better suited for older children who are able to recognize the difference between real and pretend.