Monday, December 17, 2012

Get Ready for Christmas with One More Bunch of Books!

Can you believe it? Christmas is a week from tomorrow! That will give us just enough time to read a few more Christmas books!

 Oh, What a Christmas! By Michael Garland
Santa sets out on Christmas Eve as usual, with his reindeer and a sleigh full of toys. But the harness breaks, the reindeer fly off without Santa and the sleigh crashes into a barn. What to do? Never fear, the barnyard animals are ready to help. Now, Sheep! Now Goat! Now Piggy and Cows! Love the picture of the animals flying across the sky!

 Little Bunny and the Magic Christmas Tree by David Martin, illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev
I love the idea behind this story: on Christmas Eve, the ornaments on the Christmas tree come alive. Little Bunny, who'd always hated being little, becomes even littler and gets to play in the tree with all the ornaments.

A Christmas Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Kids by Sarah L. Schuette (sorry, no link)
There’s North Pole Pie, Popcorn Garland, Mrs. Claus Cookies and 4 more recipes. All have easy to follow recipes that need no cooking, other than popping the popcorn. My own hint: if you make the popcorn garland, let the popcorn sit a day – stale popcorn breaks less.

 Fletcher and the Snowflake Christmas by Julia Rawlinson, illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke
Fletcher the fox is worried Santa won’t be able to find the new home of his friends, the rabbits. He lays out stick arrows on the snow to show Santa the way. But then it snows again, covering the arrows. Now what? The painted illustrations are quite lovely.

 Paper Crafts for Christmas by Randel McGee
There are 8 crafts in this book of decorations, cards and ornaments. Each seems quite simple and do-able. Younger kids might need a little help but older kids could do them independently.

 Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by James Dean and Eric Litwin
There is a lot to love about this book. It’s based on The Night Before Christmas (this always makes me smile), the illustrations are smashing and there is a catchy song. And … there is a link so you can hear the story read aloud and the song sung.

 Ready Freddy! A Very Crazy Christmas by Abby Klein, illustrated by John McKinley
First grader Freddy is excited to have his cousins Kelly and Kasey visit for Christmas. He likes playing with him and he likes how things get crazy when they are around. And they do get crazy. At the end of the story, there are Christmas jokes, a cookie recipe, a pine cone craft and Freddy's Shark Journal. (Freddy loves sharks.)

 Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas: a Safety Guide for Christmas by Mélanie Watt
Scaredy Squirrel is a very careful squirrel. He believes in being prepared for everything, including Christmas. This book is a guide to all the possible dangers one can face as we prepare for the big day. This is funny stuff and I laughed several times. I especially enjoyed Shopping for the Difficult Individuals in Your Life.

 Christmas Wombat by Jackie French, illustrated by Bruce Whatley
I have a fondness for wombats so I was delighted to find this book. This wombat is very fond of carrots. When it hitches a ride on Santa's sleigh, it comes across lots of homes with carrots set out for the reindeer. The showdowns with the reindeer over the carrots are wonderful.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

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