By Marc Brown
Christmas cards often say "wish this Christmas is all that you've been
dreaming of." And a older Christmas song but one that you will hear at
least once a year is "I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas." No
matter what your dreams are for the Christmas season, the lovable aardvark
named Arthur shares his thoughts in this book by Marc Brown. Christmas means
different things to different people as exemplified in this Christmas
Arthur just wants this holiday to be perfect. He
wants: a terrific
turkey dinner, the perfect tree, snow and the perfect gifts for his parents.
What he gets is something very different. His father, a caterer by trade,
has planned an authentic Bethlehem type dinner. Arthur's little sister, D.W.,
has decorated the tree with trolls and unicorns. The store is sold out of
the gadget he wants for his father and the glass bird that he bought for his
mother gets broken before she even opens it.
The story doesn't only center around Arthur and his
family but includes most of the characters that Arthur fans have come to
love too. D.W. has her heart set on Tina, the Talking Tabby. She gets
disappointed when she receives a different toy which she ends up enjoying
more anyway. Buster deals with sleepiness. His divorced mother tries very
hard to make Christmas special for him. All he really wants to do is relax.
The Brain celebrates Kwanzaa. Muffy gets all upset with Francine for not
coming to her Christmas party. Francine celebrates Hanukkah, something Muffy
knows nothing about but learns. Muffy also ends up learning that an enormous
amount of gifts cannot replace the joy of friendship and sharing.
Marc Brown does an excellent job in showing that
Christmas is more than just presents. Its a time for togetherness and
accepting the differences in people.