Carole Gerber

Children's Author and Poet

The Twelve Days of Christmas in Ohio

From ice boats on Lake Erie to horse-drawn buggies in Holmes County, Ohio has it all and Megan experiences it firsthand when she travels the state during the Christmas season with her favorite cousin. Along the way, she gets some great state gifts, including a buckeye necklace, buckeye candy, and Christmas cookies from Mrs. Claus.


Bedtime rituals comfort and reassure a mom and her little one. Only the mother’s voice is heard, as she directs the action. She plays a recognition game first, asking her toddler to tweak ears, push nose, flap arms, clap hands and more. Movement and exercise are added along with some tickling and stroking. A pet dog mimics the actions with a toy rabbit partner, playing along with the humans. Of course, it concludes with hugs and kisses all around. As they snuggle, it is apparent that the little one is worn out and ready to sleep. Gerber employs simple, sprightly language that bounces along with enthusiasm and joie de vivre. It matters not that the lines don’t always scan, as the rhymes are totally child-friendly. Pearson’s light and bright illustrations provide a sense of softness and warmth. . . A charming bedtime read-aloud.
Kirkus Online, June 1, 2014

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