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Arthur's Perfect Christmas
By Marc Brown

Review by: Lori Plach

     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 treasure.
     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.

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