Christmas at the Toy Museum by David Lucas (Candlewick Press, $15.99, 32 pages)
This is a children’s book about 22 classic stuffed toys that live in a Toy Museum. On Christmas Eve, the toys all rush to gather under the Museum’s grand Christmas tree. Once there, they sadly realize that there are no gifts for them under the tree! That’s when Bunting the old toy cat comes up with a great idea – the toys will wrap themselves up as gifts for each other. This seems like a very good idea, except that Bunting is the “gift” opened last and he has no gift to open for himself.
Well, it turns out that the toy angel at the top of the tree is a real angel with magical powers. She decides to reward Bunting with a truly special gift, a wish that he can make that will come true. Bunting decides to wish that Christmas would last forever, and so it does from that point forward.
This is a beautifully illustrated tale that teaches young ones the value of selfishness, while also indirectly telling them that everything in life – including one’s friends – has value. Christmas at the Toy Museum would make a perfect gift for a child in almost any household.
A review copy was provided by the publisher. Christmas at the Toy Museum is recommended for children ages 3 and up, although we can imagine that some smart 2-year-olds will also enjoy it. David Lucas is also the author-illustrator of Lost in the Toy Museum: An Adventure.