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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
In Cami and Wyatt Share the Christmas Spirit by Stacy Bauer, we are introduced to two kangaroo siblings named Cami and Wyatt. They love Christmas and with the holiday only being seventeen days away, their house was busy. While their mom and dad put up decorations, the brother and sister looked through toy catalogs to see what they would like Santa to bring them. On their way to school, all of the kids were talking about what they wanted for Christmas. Cami wanted an easel and Wyatt wanted a soccer ball. The two noticed that their new next-door neighbors weren’t joining in with the rest of them in their excitement. Cami and Wyatt decide to befriend Violet and Chester Koala, but the two were very shy. Not wanting to give up, Cami and Wyatt told their parents about the new kids and tried their best to make friends with them, but they didn’t want to talk or do anything. Cami and Wyatt finally found out from their parents that the Koalas moved here so their dad could have a different job, but they were struggling and didn’t have much. Finding that out made Cami and Wyatt feel ashamed because they were bragging about toys they wanted when Violet and Chester’s parents couldn’t get them much.
I enjoyed reading Cami and Wyatt Share the Christmas Spirit. I think Stacy Bauer has done a great job of bringing a different type of Christmas story to the table. We’re living in a time now where a lot of people are having financial difficulties, which in turn affects children in these families. Growing up with little money, I know first hand how it feels to be left out because your friends or classmates can afford to have nice things and to even celebrate Christmas normally. It’s not something that is brought up too often in children’s books, but I feel like it should. I like how Cami and Wyatt try their hardest to befriend their neighbors, even going further to do activities and have fun without worrying about money or bragging about who's getting what for Christmas. The characters are adorable and show what the true spirit of Christmas is all about. I also thought the illustrations were beautifully done and complement the story perfectly. It’s a book I will recommend to friends.