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out of print
available at your library
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Under the Christmas Tree
illustrated by Kadir Nelson
HarperCollins, 2002
ISBN: 978-0-688-16000-5

From the Book

"The angel smiles
Atop the tree
And proves me right.
She's happiest there
Poised for flight.
Halo kissing the ceiling
Feeling closer to home."

from Under The Christmas Tree
© 2002 by Nikki Grimes

"With any luck, Santa's sack will be filled with copies of this gem of a picture book. Grimes...offers glimpses of Christmastime from a child's eyes, in the form of 23 poems that shine with all the hallmarks of the season. Her text is universal in sentiment, but telling in its detail, as when a child waits for her candle to be lit at a Christmas Eve service...or dreams of joining the skaters she watches, carving figure eights in an ice rink...Expert lighting suffuses his [Kadir Nelson's] interiors with a golden holiday glow." Publishers Weekly, starred review

Grimes and Nelson are ideal collaborators for this celebration of the sights, sounds, and feelings of Christmas from a child's point of view. Twenty-three poems take readers through the season, focusing on the life of an urban African-American family. ..Nelson's realistic paintings in rich, muted colors and soft textures masterfully portray the warmth and joy of the selections. This is a treasure that families will want to share every ear." School Library Journal, starred review

Society of Illustrators Silver Medal
100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

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