PreS－This board book follows the format of Campbell's Dear Zoo （Little Simon, 1986）； Santa tries to fill an unnamed narrator's request for something ＂special,＂ but keeps changing his mind as his offerings seem too ＂bouncy,＂ ＂scary,＂ and so on. Each present has a sturdy flap that can be opened, revealing the contents. The gifts themselves are not particularly exciting, and children won't be able to guess from the wrappings what might be hidden inside, but they will still enjoy opening the flaps. The artwork is colorful and crisp against a white background, and the final purrfect present has a patch of soft fur that kids will love to touch. A surefire hit for toddlers.－E. M.
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