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Dec 20 2016

All I want for Christmas is you by Mariah Carey

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Ill. by Colleen Madden. Doubleday, 2015. ISBN 9780399551390
It is more than 20 years since Mariah Carey wrote and released the song in 1994 but it wasn't until December 2015 that the song peaked at 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it its highest peak since its original release. Now it is one of the most iconic tunes of the season.
So it seems fitting that it become a picture book with bright bold pictures, all the lyrics and a special twist at the end that makes it particularly suitable for young readers although the clues are there in the pictures from the beginning. The little girl's wish is clear for the astute to find because she manages to drop her hint into every part of the Christmas preparations. Making cookies and decorations, hanging stockings, even out playing in the snow she clings to her dream. Then, amidst all the presents for all the family, there is one special gift... one that so many little ones wish for!!!
This video is an interpretation that will make this a favourite in your family too - and you will have an earworm for the rest of the day!
Barbara Braxton

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