Normally on Mondays I like to highlight middle grade, but with the holiday season upon us, such cute Christmas picture books are released. I've found a few that I like, and over the next few Monday's I'll share them. Today I am looking at The Christmas Tree Elf by Valenitne D'Arcy Sheldon.
The country kick comes from our friendly elf, who wears a hat like a cowboy and dips his head in courtesy. I was surprised by the story itself. At first, I thought it would just be about Santa's helpers, but then it involved into such a crafty way to explain Christmas trees and how elves ended up at the North Pole, that I was delighted. The illustrations are bright and bold, perfect for little readers to look at while they follow along with the story. They aren't the most imaginative images, but I think kids will like seeing the realism.