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Reviewed by Diana Lopez for Readers' Favorite
Even a small good deed can make a difference. This life lesson is important because the joy of sharing and helping others is universal. The best part is that everyone can do something to make the world a better place in whatever way possible. Anu D. Misa emphasizes this teaching in Ella Says Let's Have a Giving Christmas. The story concerns Ella, an adorable little girl. When she begins her Christmas holiday, she sees a poster that conveys upsetting news. Scruffy Fluffies Rescue, the animal shelter, is in crisis and if they don't get help soon the place will have to be closed. While at her grandfather's house with the rest of the family, Ella shares the news. This situation motivates everyone to find different ways to help the shelter.
I liked the way that Anu D. Misa developed the story because it suggests a variety of ways that you can help an animal shelter. She even includes some practical advice at the end of the book. The text is simple and easy to understand, which is ideal for young readers. I liked the illustrations because their colorful images highlight the Christmas spirit, family collaboration, and good intentions. The characters are captivating. Ella and her family provide a great example to follow. They share good times and enjoy helping. One of my favorite moments is when the family splits into teams with fun names and organizes activities like seeking donations or having a party to interest more people in their cause. Ella Says Let's Have a Giving Christmas is a charming story, ideal for children to learn about empathy and collaboration.