Lucy's First ChristmasPart 3 of the Lucy's Tale Series
Part 3 – “Lucy’s First Christmas”
Lucy’s First Christmas, written by Rolynda Tassan and illustrated by Ruby Wheeler, is the heartwarming tale of Lucy the rescue cat’s first Christmas with her adoptive family. Like any other cat, her curiosity wins out, and she becomes entangled, literally, in the preparations for the coming holiday. From present-wrapping to light-stringing, Lucy is allowed to be a part of it all. Lucy is even afforded her first trip into the snowy outdoors and is a part of the family’s Christmas read-aloud. This particular book is the third in a series of stories written about Lucy and her adventures.
Tassan has written a much-needed tale with Lucy’s First Christmas. As a mother, teacher, and adoptive parent of three rescue pets, I don’t see enough of these books on the shelves. There is a joy like no other in watching a shelter pet bloom in a loving home. The author captures this feeling quite well with Lucy’s Christmas experiences. She describes each family member’s patience with the curious cat and demonstrates the various ways in which the family involves the pets in their routines. The love between the family and Lucy is mutual and communicated well throughout the book.
Any parent or teacher choosing this book to read with children will find it touching and true-to-life. The author has included a fair amount of “awwww” moments and lots of snuggling and loving. The pets themselves are no strangers to snuggling. This is an all-around sweet story to share with children who have pets, are wanting pets of their own, or who are in a family who has adopted a pet from a shelter.
Generally a realistic fiction piece, Tassan has managed to work in a bit of fantasy with the pets talking to one another. For the most part, these sections serve to explain some of the things that drive Lucy’s curiosity and, in the conclusion, add to the dearness of the overall plot.
Lucy’s First Christmas is a touching story that hits home for readers of all ages and features delicate illustrations of the pets and their family. Tassan and Wheeler’s precious Christmas story is a must-read for any family with rescue pets. Lucy’s first Christmas with her family will bring a smile to the reader’s face and touch the soul of any animal lover.
Lucy’s First Christmas continues the stories of Lucy the adopted cat and centers around Lucy’s first Christmas celebration in her new home. As Lucy observes various family members making special preparations, from baking holiday cookies to stringing lights on the tree and making snowmen outside, she decides to join in and help; but her efforts only land her in trouble. Lucy needs to find something else to do – something for which she’s uniquely qualified to participate. But what can that be? Lucy’s First Christmas provides elementary-level picture book readers with the realistic, warm story of an adopted kitty’s first holiday with family, adopting a cat’s-eye perspective on preparations for festivities. As with the other books in the Lucy series, Lucy’s First Christmas excels in this point of view, neatly juxtaposing a busy family’s efforts with the puzzlement of a young cat who only wants to help and participate in the fun. Lucy continues to find her place in the family, and this holiday celebration offers an outstanding approach to seasonal celebrations and how family pets are part of the effort. Lucy’s First Christmas is as warm, simple and welcoming as the other books in the series and continues to explore how Lucy integrates with her new animal and human family’s routines and rituals. Picture book readers with good reading skills who are just moving into chapter books will relish the easy access and family-oriented message of this new pet’s continuing lessons.
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There is a lot of excitement in Lucy’s house. Mom’s baking and wrapping parcels. Dad’s putting lights on a tree. Ben is building a snowman outside. Lucy wants to know what’s going on. As a young cat, she’s not privy to all the human forms of celebrations. She’ll learn. She asks the other pets in the house and is told that tomorrow is Christmas and everyone is busy getting ready. Lucy wants to help, too. Only Lucy’s idea of helping is not very helpful. She tries to help Mom wrap presents, but only gets tangled in the ribbons. She tries to help Dad hang the lights on the tree, but she only gets tangled in the lights. She even dashes outside to help Ben build a snowman, only to end up buried in the snow. What can Lucy do to help the family get ready for Christmas.
Family pets are important members of the family. They want to feel loved and they want to feel like they belong. Sometimes, in the process of fitting in, they get into mischief. But with time, and patience, they learn and they do find the place where they belong in the family unit. Rolynda Tassan’s picture book story, Lucy’s First Christmas, tells of a young cat/kitten trying to find her place in the family’s celebrations. The language is simple, aimed to attract a young reader, and perhaps even help them with their reading skills. The colorful illustrations by Ruby Wheeler help carry the story along. What a wonderful plot, full of humorous, playful mischief, but also full of love and a sense of belonging. Well done. Another fun story from the Lucy’s Tale series.
Reviewed By Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite
Lucy’s First Christmas is the third book in the Lucy’s Tale series, written by Rolynda Tassan and illustrated by Ruby Wheeler. Lucy is a rescue cat who now lives with a lovely family, comprising Mom, Dad, youngster Ben and other animals, Sissy, Addy and Pippin. Something’s up in the household with Mom baking cookies, Dad fixing the lights for the Christmas tree, and Ben outside building a snowman. Lucy is puzzled by all this unusual activity. The other animals tell Lucy that since the next day is Christmas Day, Santa will be visiting that night to drop off presents for everyone. Everyone is busy with activities, getting ready for the holiday, and Lucy wants to help. But a little kitten can’t exactly help to wrap the presents and untangle the Christmas lights, and outside in the snow Lucy manages to fall into a snowdrift. What can Lucy do to help everyone get ready for the festivities? One thing Lucy does very well is snuggle, and that’s how she found a way to help everyone by tucking them into bed on Christmas Eve.
This is an adorable story with a deeper meaning for families, their animals, and the love and warmth of the Christmas spirit. The book is dedicated to the shelter and rescue volunteers who embrace those animals waiting for their forever families. Lucy finds that love and warmth in a family that cares for her. The Christmas theme, with giving and caring for others, is one that youngsters will appreciate as well. The idea of the family preparing for a holiday together, everyone doing the tasks that they do best, spending time together as a family by reading a Christmas story aloud in front of the tree, giving gifts and making sure that everyone feels as if they are a special part of the celebrations will enchant young and older readers alike. The illustrations are delightful, simple and colourful, and convey the ideas expressed in the text. Each panel is very clear, and this is a good opportunity for young readers who are reading with a parent or caregiver to discuss the picture in depth. This lovely, charming story comes just in time for this Christmas season, and is sure to bring joy to young readers for many more.
Reviewed By Fiona Ingram for Readers’ Favorite
Lucy’s First Christmas: Lucy’s Tale, Book 3 is a holiday-themed children’s picture book written by Rolynda Tassan and illustrated by Ruby Wheeler. Something special was happening in Lucy’s new home. Mom was wrapping presents and baking goodies in the oven. There was a tree standing upright in the corner of the living room and Dad was working to string Christmas lights on it. Even Ben was doing something; he was outside building a snowman. When Lucy asked Pippin, Sissy and Addy what was going on, they explained about Christmas and Santa’s imminent arrival at their home on Christmas Day. Since everyone was busy preparing for that, Lucy wanted to help prepare as well. So she tried to help with the gift-wrapping, but Mom soon shooed her away. Dad didn’t seem to need any help getting the tree trimmed either. Wasn’t there anything Lucy could do to help?
Rolynda Tassan’s holiday-themed children’s picture book, Lucy’s First Christmas: Lucy’s Tale, Book 3, continues the story of Lucy, the little rescue cat, who is still learning about her new home and family. Anyone who’s ever had a kitten around for tree trimming time will have a hard time not laughing at Lucy’s antics as she tries to get into the Christmas spirit and help her family. Ruby Wheeler’s colorful illustrations fit this heartwarming story perfectly. While this picture book is an ideal selection for storytime, it’s also a grand selection for a new reader. The vocabulary is simple, and the illustrations will help children guess at unfamiliar words. Lucy’s First Christmas: Lucy’s Tale, Book 3 is most highly recommended.
Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite
Lucy’s Tips “Lucy’s First Christmas”
The holidays are a fun time for everyone, including your furry companions. Here are some tips from ASPCA to make sure your pets have a safe holiday!
- Oh, Christmas Tree: Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn’t tip and fall, causing possible injury to your pet. This will also prevent the tree water—which may contain fertilizers that can cause stomach upset—from spilling. Stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria, and your pet could end up with nausea or diarrhea should he imbibe.
- Avoid Mistletoe & Holly: Holly, when ingested, can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. And many varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested. Opt for just-as-jolly artificial plants made from silk or plastic, or choose a pet-safe bouquet.
- Tinsel-less Town: Kitties love this sparkly, light-catching “toy” that’s easy to bat around and carry in their mouths. But a nibble can lead to a swallow, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery. It’s best to brighten your boughs with something other than tinsel.
- That Holiday Glow: Don’t leave lighted candles unattended. Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders, placed on a stable surface. And if you leave the room, put the candle out!
- Wired Up: Keep wires, batteries and glass or plastic ornaments out of paws’ reach. A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus, while shards of breakable ornaments can damage your pet’s mouth and digestive tract.
- A Room of Their Own: Give your pet his own quiet space to retreat to—complete with fresh water and a place to snuggle. Shy pups and cats might want to hide out under a piece of furniture, in their carrying case or in a separate room away from the hubbub.
We can make a difference together. Let’s treat our pets and animals with love and compassion!