Picture Book Review: Wishing You Blessings from A to Z

Wishing You...Blessings from A to Z by Sandi Gore Evans
Wishing You…Blessings from A to Z
by Sandi Gore Evans

3 out of 5 stars on GoodReads

This Christmas book goes from A to Z as snowmen characters demonstrate the joys and delights of Christmas. A is the “aroma of a warm cup of cocoa,” while C is for the “cookies, candy, and snow cones shared with a friend”, and I is for the “incredible snowflakes”. Each page features snowmen and snow-women singing carols, toasting marshmallows, putting on mittens and scarves, and decorating their Christmas trees.

The artwork is adorable! Such cute little snowmen in sweet hats and coats with lots of Christmas decorations around them. The colors are very festive! But a couple of the illustrations are used twice, and XYZ are lumped together on one page with “Yuletide blessings” making do for all three letters.
The writing doesn’t always make sense together with the illustrations or make sense at all. I just think it could have been better written.
For instance, P is for “All of life’s surprises… no Peeking!” and there is a snowman holding a broom, cuddling a teddy bear, and covering his eyes. That’s all it says. It doesn’t say ‘no peeking at the presents before Christmas’ or anything. It doesn’t even have a gift in the illustration to suggest that we shouldn’t peek at the presents. Just “no Peeking” at “All of life’s surprises”. So I’m not supposed to peek at life’s surprises? What does that even mean? How would I “peek” at the surprises life throws at me? Am I a fortune-teller? It doesn’t make sense.

Another weird one is for N which says “the rosey cheeks and Noses of children and tissues!” And a child snowman has a red Christmas ornament for a nose. The weird part is the addition of “tissues!” Woohoo. Don’t you just LOVE tissues at Christmas time? That’s my favorite part of Christmas. The tissues. (Sarcasm alert.)

It’s a cute book, and the illustrations are sweet and adorable, but I think I would enjoy reading this with a child just to look at the pictures, and not read the words.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are no influenced by anyone.

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