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Another great van Stockum family, this one all little Dutch girls. A goodly amount of local information (including religious - the feast of St. Nicholas and associated traditions), plenty of universal family life, and an appealing star character in the person of little Kersti. Wonderful illustrations, both black-and-white and full color.
Really, I wish I could give this book 4.5 stars. I only took off a little bit because I didn't the think the ending was quite as developed as it could have been. But Kersti is such a wonderful character and Hilda van Stockum portrayal of life is so bang-on, that this book (set in a family of 7 girls!) made a great read-aloud even for a family (like ours) with 7 boys. This one's going on our list of Christmas favorites.
I'm so glad I found this book--I will definitely be rereading it every Christmas. I particularly wanted to find a Saint Nicholas Day story, to have something more Christmasy than books actually about Saint Nicholas for Saint Nicholas Day. But whenever you read it, this is a delightful story about an utterly charming rascal of a four year old—in the way only a four year old can be.