Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Review: Holly Holiday and the Christmas Forest by Katie Anderson

 Genre: Children's (4-8)
Published: October 12, 2022
Pages: 40

What if Christmas magic could grow forever?

There's nothing about Christmas that Holly Holiday doesn't love. That is until her parents decide to drag her beloved tree to the street the day after Christmas. Holly then decides that magic shouldn't just end as soon as the yuletide festivities are over. Instead, magic needs to grow!

With Holly's willful determination and Christmas spirit, she embarks on a years-long journey to change tradition while keeping the magic alive well beyond the holidays. This is a remarkable tale about a young girl's resolution to nurture the magic of Christmas until it grows into an evergreen forest.

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley, and then I was also lucky enough to win a copy through the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway program as well. This is my honest review. 

This is a cute, but super woke story suggesting a more Earth friendly and sustainable way to enjoy have a real Christmas tree every year. Not only would it ultimately result in fewer trees killed for Christmas, but it would also mean more trees planted. Obviously there is some privilege involved in being able to do this, but it is a nice idea. 

I liked how bright and colorful the illustrations were. They had almost a coloring book feeling to them, and would honestly probably make a pretty fabulous coloring book for all ages. 

Overall I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

Katie Anderson found her love for storytelling while working as a camp counselor on Fallen Leaf Lake. She loves celebrating all holidays with her husband and three children. Together, they keep the magic growing.

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