Albert'S Christmas (Albert (Atheneum))

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Santa Claus calls upon Albert and his Pleasant Valley pit stop crew to aid him in his midnight ride around the world, and as the clock ticks away, the gang mends, feeds, and squeegees the reindeer and sleigh, until it is all systems go.

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Leslie Tryon has spent her life working in the arts. Her diverse activities have included doing illustrations for the Los Angeles Times Book Review, traveling throughout Southeast Asia creating documentary art for the Air Force Art Program, choreographing musicals, dancing on a cruise ship, and writing plays for children to perform in the classroom. She is also a recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats Fellowship at the Kerlan Collection.

Albert the duck was first seen in Albert's Alphabet (1991), an ALA Notable Book. Albert and the other residents of Pleasant Valley also appear in Albert's Play (1992), Albert's Field Trip (1993), Albert's Thanksgiving (1994), and Albert's Ballgame (1996).

Ms. Tryon lives in Carmel Valley, California, with her husband, J, her mother, Dorothy, and her two cats, Georgie and Gracie.

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Kindergarten-Grade 2. Everyone needs a pit crew?even Kris Kringle. And Albert the duck and his animal buddies in Pleasant Valley are ready and willing helpers. In spare rhyming couplets, Tryon captures the action as the secret visitor coasts in for a quiet landing and the crew gets busy. They must race against the clock to feed the reindeer, wax up their antlers, and scrape the runners of the sled. Santa's beard needs combing, his boots need buffing, and his tummy needs filling. Right on schedule, Santa and company resume their flight. "As the reindeer and sleigh rise into the glow,/ Santa looks back. 'Thank you, helpers! Ho, Ho!'" There are appropriate touches for the '90s here?Albert receives his secret message from Santa via e-mail and the sleigh has an onboard computer. The vivid, full-page gouache illustrations are filled with humor and energy, giving young listeners lots to look at and savor. The positioning of the animals and the varied use of perspective add to the dynamic presentation and the faces are particularly expressive and very funny. Newcomers to Pleasant Valley and longtime fans will agree that for an exciting holiday romp, you can count on Albert and company.
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