Archive for Christmas

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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