- Book Style: Christmas Storybook for toddlers and children
- Reading Level: 2 (Read with Help due to: some mid-level vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 7-10 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Very cute, cartoonish, fun
- Age Target: 2-8 Years
Too Many Lights, Too Many Trees is a Christmas storybook for toddlers and older children that has been specially crafted for kids with sensory-related disabilities. Sensory-related disabilities can include Autism, Down Syndrome, brain injury, and other such disabilities or issues. Now, Christmas and the Christmas season can be a pretty difficult time for someone with one of these issue. Specifically, if you think about the incredible amount of lights that are lit up, flashing, and even moving during the holidays, it can be an incredibly trying time. This book seeks to help children with just their struggles, and it’s amazing to see someone dedicate a book to just that.
Although I don’t know Eleisa Walker (our author) personally, I can tell when I read the book that she has an innate understanding of what it means to have one of these disabilities. She takes the time to describe the difficulty behind seeing all of the sights that come with Christmas time. Eleisa puts us in the shoes of someone struggling with this, as she writes the book from the position someone who has one (or more) of these disabilities.
As you read through the book with your little one,he or she is going to start feeling understood. Your child will know that you “get” what their world is like, and they should also start to feel like the world “gets” them too. That’s an amazing feeling and it’s something that I think every person in the world wants in their life; to feel understood.
Now, onto the illustrations. Obviously, this is a pretty important component to the book and I have to say that I really have enjoyed the pictures. The characters are very cute. I really enjoyed how Santa Claus looks, with his tiny legs, big belly, and jolly face. He’s captured perfectly and I found that he fits in perfectly with the rest of the illustrations.
The illustrations themselves are nothing short of incredibly well colored. You can see that the author has taken considerable time to consider eachand every color, as well as the style of illustrations. It’s all tailor made for these great children. I can also say that I really enjoyed the illustrations as I went through the pages of the book.
In the end, this book does a great deal right. It’s very reason for existing comes from a very thoughtful place and I’m just happy to be able to tell you about this book. I’m happy to be able to get behind a cause so worthy. Helping children, especially those with some difficulties, is one of the most rewarding things any of us can do.
Now then if you know a child with a sensory-related disability, click below on the links to buy the book Too Many Lights, Too Many Trees, by Eleisa Walker:
Until next time, Smash, Crash, and Learn!