Archive for Holidays

Little Rabbit’s Christmas by Harry Horse

Daughter’s age when read: 3 yrs old

This was a cute book about Little Rabbit receiving a sled for Christmas and not wanting to share it with his friends.  After a series of events that leads to his sled breaking and his friends helping to repair it he realizes that it is better to share your toys and can be more fun than playing with it by yourself.  I think this is a book that my daughter would have to grow into.  There were too many words per page and she would lose interest so I had to summarize each page into short blurbs.  She was more interested in looking at the illustrations and making up her own story.  I have to be honest that while this was a cute story it was too long for my tastes but we may give it another try in a year or two.

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Bless You, Santa! by Julie Sykes

Daughter’s age when read:3  years old

It’s Christmas eve and Santa’s caught a cold.  How will he ever get the toys done in time?  Luckily Santa’s cat, mouse reindeer and other animal friends put Santa in bed to recuperate and they all pitch in to make the rest of the toys.

If you are looking for a cute holiday book that will bring on the giggles then pick this one up.  My daughter apparently has a thing for sneezing characters and finds them hilarious (like in Mo Willems’ Pigs Make Me Sneeze).  She refers to this book as the Santa has the sneezes book.  The story line is very basic but the illustrations are wonderful.  Each page shows a different sneeze of what happens when Santa sneezes.  Balls fall over, stars go flying and rockets tip over.  In the end all of Santa’s helpers complete the toys and Santa is feeling better by Christmas and is able to deliver the toys around the world.  Unfortunately though the sneezes has been passed on to his friends.  The last sneeze of the book ends up with everyone covered in snow.  This is by far my daughter’s favorite page in the story as she tries to find all the animals in the snow.

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Tacky’s Christmas by Helen Lester

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years old

This book follows a group of penguins including the penguin that marches to his owner drummer, Tacky.  They are busy wrapping gifts and decorating for Christmas when a bunch of wolves come by to steal their presents. When they see Tacky dressed up as Santa they think he is the real thing and end up staying to celebrate Christmas with the penguins instead of taking their gifts. My daughter enjoyed this one the first few days but it wasn’t one of the books that stuck with her.  I think the only reason she asked for it in those first days was because there is one page where you sing a song and she loves musical books. I think it might be better geared towards a 4 or 5 year old so we may try it again next year.

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Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

 

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years old

I was on Twitter asking for suggestions on good children Halloween books and Inara Scott (author of The Candidates, an awesome book I must say) suggested this one.  So I requested it from the library and what a wonderful book it is!  It instantly became one of my daughter’s and my own favorites.  It’s about a friendly witch who is flying on her broomstick and loses her hat, wand, etc and animals along the way help her find the items and then join her on her broom.  There is a nice rhyming pattern that makes this book easy to read and has just enough repetition that my daughter can read parts of it herself.  That is her favorite part as I read the beginning of a sentence and she finishes it for me.  Her favorite line from the book to read herself  is “Whoosh! They were gone.”  The illustrations are also wonderful and we have to stop to examine each page so she can point out something new every time we read it.  If you are looking for a Halloween themed book for the little ones this is definitely one I would pick up.

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The 13 Days of Halloween by Carol Greene

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years old

This book was a ghoulish take on the 12 days of Christmas as a ghoul gives his best friends a different gift each day for 12 days.  On the 13th day she gives him a gift but ends the book with “Guess what?” and you have to guess what she gave him.  My daughter loves this book and calls it the singing book.  I think part of the reason she enjoys it so much is she loves to sing and listen to singing so she finds it fun to “read”.  There are also so many fun things going on in the illustrations that she is constantly finding new things to look at and ask questions about.  This is such a wonderful book and am so glad Sourcebooks on Twitter suggested it and I was able to get it from our library.

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Halloween Crafts

I’m sure you have noticed that we have been going through a bunch of Halloween books lately.  To prepare for Halloween we have also been doing some Halloween crafts.  Take a look.

My daughter loves these little foam/sticker art kits and they are a good way to keep her occupied.

Frankenstein

Jack O’ Lantern

My Witch!

Then what to do with all those ghouls?

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Spooky Hour by Tony Mitton

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years old

I found this while going through the Halloween books at our local library.  It starts with the tower bell ringing twelve indicating the Spooky Hour.  From there it counts down witches, ghosts and more until they reach the spooky castle for spooky fun.  The illustrations in this book were really cute and there is a lot going on so lots of things to talk about with my daughter.  It’s also fun to read with the rhyming and the words.  Out of the four Halloween books I brought home from the library it was the only one she has asked to read each night and during the day.  Highly recommend this one.  It’s also a fun way to practice counting down from twelve.

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