Merry Christmas, Peter!

Warne. (Peter Rabbit). Oct. 2023. 12p. Board $9.99. ISBN 9780241634684.
Toddler-PreS–Christmas is in the air, and Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit and his friends are “full of festive cheer” in this rhyming lift-the-flap tale written by Woolley. Peter’s family and familiar faces, like Jemima Puddle-Duck and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, are all in the holiday spirit as they string Christmas cards, nibble mince pies, play, and sing carols. Readers can lift a series of flaps to reveal holiday moments, like a letter to Santa where Peter promises that he has been “a very good little rabbit this year” and Jemima Puddle-Duck’s ducklings skating across a frozen lake. A decorated fir tree folds open in the last spread as Peter, his family, and friends trade gifts and dance together. Christmas imagery features prominently throughout the story, concluding with “Outside the brilliant fir tree/ shimmers, shines, and sways,/ As it welcomes everyone/ this happy Christmas Day!” Gentle, soft illustration communicates the cold, crisp weather and the warmth of time spent together. The playful rhyme makes this a fun holiday read-aloud as little fingers explore the flaps again and again.
VERDICT A gentle Christmas story with a classic cast of characters that readers will enjoy.

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