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The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers by Jan and Stan Berenstain
The Best Christmas Ever by James Patrick Kelley
The City by Allen J. Scott and Edward W. Soja
Commander Toad and the Voyage Home by Jane Yolen
The Dame in the Kimono by Leonard J. Leff by Jerold L. Simmons
Down to a Sunless Sea by Mathias B. Freese
Dragonite's Christmas by Akihito Toda and Kagemaru Himeno
The Enchanted Castle by Edith Nesbit
The Fattening of America by Eric A. Finkelstein and Laurie Zuckerman
The Halloween Play by Felicia Bond
Heavens to Betsy & Other Curious Sayings by Charles Earle Funk
How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
Hungry Hill by Carol O'Malley Gaunt
Imaginative Still Life by Moira Huntly
In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje
A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella L. Bird
The Mariah Delany Lending Library Disaster by Sheila Greenwald
Maxine an the Ghost Dog by Linda Pack Butler
Midnight Sun by Elwood Reid
Monkey See, Monkey Do by Marc Gave and Jacqueline Rogers
Murder in the Place of Anubis by Lynda S. Robinson
Olivia Counts by Ian Falconer
Rusty's Train Ride by Heather Amery and Stephen Cartwright
Ship Fever by Anrea Barrett
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Pam Adams
The Toontown Players Present Chicken Little by Margaret Snyder
The Voluntary State by Christopher Rowe
The Winter of the Birds by Helen Cresswell
Witch Week by Diana Wynn Jones
Yours Turly, Shirley by Ann M. Martin

FSF Reviews:
If Angels Fight by John Bowes
Philologos, Or a Murder in Bistrita by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald

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Comments for The Winter of the Birds

Dragonite's ChristmasDragonite's Christmas: 02/10/08

Sean, Harriet and I are Pokémon addicts. I have to admit to watching the series when it was on the Kids WB long before either child was born. I even play the video games.

Back when the first series (Indigo League) was first on the air in the States, a series of board books for the youngest viewers were also translated and offered for sale in the States. Dragonite's Christmas is the eighth in this series.

As far as I can tell, these board books are outside the canon of the series. For example, in the series, Ash et al meet up with Santa. In the series, Santa works with Jynx ("Holiday Hi-Jynx"), not Dragonite. I think the first time Dragonite is mentioned is in the Orange Islands series.

That being said, as alternate fiction, Dragonite's Christmas is a sweet story of Dragonite and some children having a joke on Santa. Of the board books in this series we have, it's Sean's favorite. The illustrations are cute and colorful and the story is engaging enough to warrant multiple reads.

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