Wednesday, December 05, 2012

More Christmas Books (copy)


We have more new Christmas books for children! First up is Santa’s Hat by Linda Bleck. This brightly colored book features Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves and a couple of Scottish Terriers. It is the day before Christmas and Santa cannot find his hat.
The search goes throughout the North Pole as Santa tries on replacement hats. One is too silly, one too wide, one too scary and one too tight. Bell and Bow, the two Scotties, share his curiosity and enthusiasm. Finally, the elves give him a hat for Christmas. Now, he wonders, “Where is the naughty and nice list?”  
The bestselling team of writer, Deborah Underwood, and illustrator, Renata Liwska, have joined forces for another soon-to-be favorite, The Christmas Quiet Book. All the animals are doing quiet things possibly to ensure their names stay on the nice list.
The book begins, “Christmas is a quiet time: Mysterious bundles quiet. Searching for presents quiet. Getting caught quiet.” In each illustration the colors are muted browns, grays and off whites that add to the hushed atmosphere. “Christmas morning quiet” is the last line, but I have my doubts.
Melanie Watt returns with Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas. This time Scaredy Squirrel is a chapter book filled with quizzes, lists, decorating secrets, and maintaining a hygienic dessert table.
Fun ensues all the way through to the last chapter where Scaredy explains, “If all else fails…Play Dead! For a mixture of panic and fun, he suggests also playing dead in snow. By adjusting your body every 30 minutes, you can make a snow angel along with the illusion of dead squirrel.
Just Right for Christmas, written by Birdie Black and illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw is what the title implies, “just right.”  The king smiles proudly as he totes the perfect Christmas red cloth through the market place. With this material, his maids make a beautiful long cloak for his daughter. When they are finished, the material is bundled up and placed outside the back door.
Jenny, the cook, sees the bright red mass and decides to make a jacket for her ma. She also leaves her red remains at the back door where Bertie Badger finds them. This continues on for two more animals until the Christmas red is shared with five different households.
Share your love of books with a little one this Christmas and let us keep passing the re(a)d along.

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