Tony Johnston Clear Moon, Snow Soon

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Clear Moon, Snow Soon

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A child anticipates the arrival of an old man in red, smelling of pine, spreading crinkling presents late at night.

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Ages 3-5. In both text and art, there's a holiday hush to this story that captures the delicious feeling of Christmas Eve. "Clear moon, / snow soon. / An old man in red / will come to visit / when I'm in bed." A little boy looks at Santa and his reindeer inside a snow globe, while outside, in the wintry white, the real Santa makes his way to the boy's house. Finally, the boy sneaks down the stairs just in time to get a glimpse of the man in the red suit flying up the chimney. Johnston's poetic text is as warm and soothing as a mug of hot chocolate, and Porfirio's glowing oil paintings capture that same mood. Children trying to catch peeks of Santa as he darts through the spreads may break the quiet. The story ends rather abruptly, but enough has come before to make this a welcome addition to holiday shelves. Ilene Cooper
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reS-K-Like oversized Christmas cards, the oil-painted illustrations for this brief soliloquy are familiar and predictable. Santa flies his sleigh over snowy rooftops, a child peers from his bedroom window, then creeps down the festooned stairwell at night. However, if the pictures offer no surprises, Johnston's poetic text, with "crinkling presents," "the old man in red" dancing barefoot on the roof humming "his old, old song" gives the story a uniqueness all its own. With Clear Moon, children can relive the delicious anticipation of Santa's arrival, and even catch a memorable peek at him.-S. P.

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