First Dog's White House Christmas is a delightful picture
book that explores the Christmas customs and traditions of other
countries through the eyes of the White House dog. This book begins
with Dog adding the word "canine" in front of "guest" on the White
House Christmas Gala invitations. He then wanders through the White
House, giving the reader a small tour of the White House at Christmastime.
Shortly after, the guests start arriving, and the reader is introduced
to several dog guests from around the world. Each dog tells something
about Christmas in its home country. There are well known breeds,
such as the Chihuahua from Mexico who tells about the tradition
of breaking a piñata at Christmastime, along with less common
dogs, such as the Kangal dog from Turkey, who explains the story
behind the historical Saint Nicholas.
The illustrations in First Dog's White House Christmas are
beautiful and inviting. The story is fun and interesting--a fabulous
Christmas read-aloud. It could also easily serve as the basis for
a unit study covering geography and different cultures and traditions. First
Dog's White House Christmas is a wonderful addition to any
family's home library.