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Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite
We Can’t Move At Christmas! by Steve Altier tells the story of a family’s move across the country from Florida to Ohio, just days before Christmas. The children, Gabby and Maddox, are worried that Santa won’t be able to find them if they move so close to Christmas Day. They have already sent their letter to him. They quickly write another, telling him they are moving, but they don’t have an address to give him. Fortunately, there is a Family Moving Department in Santa’s North Pole headquarters, and they help to keep track of the children as they begin their move. At first, the children are reluctant to leave everything that is familiar in Florida, but soon experience the delights of another climate, such as building their first snowman.
Steve Altier brings a touch of Christmas magic to his delightful story which can show children that leaving behind familiar places and people and moving somewhere unknown can be exciting rather than daunting. The idea of a Family Moving Department is clever and reinforces the idea that Santa and his helpers are beavering away in the North Pole to ensure that every child’s Christmas is a happy one and each child is special. There’s edge-of-seat tension as Christmas Day draws closer and the family are still in a hotel. Even Santa gets worried. The parents come up with a great idea to take the children’s minds off the situation. At the end of the day, it’s Santa’s magic that makes Christmas perfect for the whole family.