The Tub People's Christmas

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What's a Tub Child to think when his Grandfather hands him a metal hook and tells him to “stand guard” as a roly-poly man in a red suit with a very large sack and an even larger tree pops out of the chimney in the middle of the night? In this last of the Tub People trilogy, the beloved tub toys meet Santa, who rescues the Tub Child from the overly friendly family dog. After a thrill ride in the big bearded fellow's pocket, the Tub People are all placed gently on the Christmas tree where, wonder of wonders, the Tub Child, in the place of honor at the very top, gets to look down on his entire laughing family mixed merrily in with popcorn and candy canes and stars.

Author Pam Conrad is pictured at the beginning and end of the book as an angel, the Tub People's creator and guardian. All the Tub People become angels on the end papers and are reproduced in a sheet of beautiful Tub People Christmas ornaments that children can hang on their tree.

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About the Author:

Pam Conrad wrote many award-winning books for children, including the immensely popular The Tub People and The Tub Grandfather, both illustrated by Richard Egielski. She is also the author of a number of critically acclaimed novels, including Prairie Songs, a 1986 ALA Best Children's Book of the Year and a 1985 ALA Golden Kite Honor Book, and Stonewords, winner of the 1991 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Juvenile Mystery.



Richard Egielski is the Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator of Hey, Al and many other books for children, including the Tub People series by Pam Conrad. He is also the author and illustrator of Buz and Jazper, both New York Times Best Illustrated Books, Three Magic Balls, and The Gingerbread Boy. Mr. Egielski lives in Milford, New Jersey, with his wife and son.

From School Library Journal:

PreSchool-Grade 3-This story reaches for but doesn't quite evoke that special moving quality of the most memorable Christmas books. Standing guard before the fireplace (they don't know precisely why), the Tub People are knocked to the floor when a "large man" comes down the chimney. He retrieves them, and for a time they wait in his pocket; then, one by one, they are lifted out and hung on the Christmas tree, like ornaments. The Tub Grandfather had "pressed a silver hook into the Tub Child's hand" early in the story and it earns the child a place at the top of the tree. As in the earlier titles about the Tub People, Egielski's brilliant illustrations enable readers to enter the world of the round wooden dolls. However, this slight story is not as involving or as dramatic as those books, and literal-minded children will wonder just how those silver hooks are "grasped" by the fingerless figures.-S.P.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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