The Twelve Days of Christmas in Washington, D.C. by Candice Ransom, Sarah Hollander (Illustrator)

Details: Hardcover, 32 pgs.
Published: Oct. 5th, 2010 by Sterling

isbn: 1402763948 (ISBN13: 9781402763946)
Reading Level: Children
Received from: Sterling for Review

Whatever your age, our national’s capital offers an overflowing list of places to visit. In her twelve day of Christmas visit, Olivia doesn’t get to see them all, but she does go skating on a frozen fountain and see at least her fair share of monuments, memorials, and cool museums. A splendiferous picture book series that just keeps on clicking.

My Thoughts:
I thought this book would end up being long and boring but boy was I wrong!  My 5 year old and myself really enjoyed it!  The story is told by a girl who is writing letter’s home when she’s visiting her cousins in Washington D.C.  The story would be a bit long and maybe be considered boring, the singing part for each of the days breaks it up nicely and it actually added quite a lot to the story and kept it interesting for the younger ones.  
I’ve been to Washington D.C. as a tourist so I found it a lot of fun to talk about each place a bit more.  I loved when they talked about the monuments because that had been my favorite part of my trip and the part I remember best.  So I was excited to share my own experience with the pictures.  It really got my daughter excited and begging to go.  I really felt this was a great way to share pieces of history and the capital city with children in a way that was interesting and memorable.   
The illustrations are great!  They are full of color so they draw the eye and they were clear and realistic so if one were to visit the city they can recognize places from the book, or the other way around. 
I give this one 5/5 moons, we really enjoyed it and look forward to reading the others.  I’m particularly interested in the one about NY City and North Carolina.

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Disclosure: I received this book free of charge in return for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own and I wasn’t paid or influenced in any way.

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