Monday, December 17, 2012

Winter Stories to Snuggle Up With!

It's finally beginning to feel like Winter in North Texas, and that means it is also time to snuggle up with some wonderful Winter stories. Here are a few of my favorites along with a few new ones.

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas
by James Dean & Eric Litton

It's Christmas Eve and Santa suddenly catches a chill, so he calls up Pete the Cat to fill in for him on Christmas Eve. Pete the Cat decides that even though he is small, he can give it his all and guide his minibus along with Santa's reindeer to deliver all the gifts to the good girls and boys. Grab this groovy book and enjoy singing along with Pete the Cat!

Check out the Online Extras by visiting The HarperCollins Childrens' Book website. Be sure to check out the video below for Pete the Cat Saves Christmas!

Just Right for Christmas
by Birdie Black

When the King visits the marketplace and finds some cloth that is "so red, and soft, and Christmassy", he purchases it and asks the sewing maids to make something for the princess. Not knowing what to do with the scraps of cloth, they are left outside and found and made into something just right. This pattern continues until even the tiniest of creatures are given a gift from the "red, and soft, and Christmassy" cloth. Readers will delight in this story about the gift of making something to give to others. The illustrations, by Rosalind Beardshaw provide a nice accompaniment to the story!

Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas: A Safety Guide for Scaredies
by Melanie Watt

Scaredy Squirrel is back with a guide to help you prepare for all the perils of Christmas. A favorite character among elementary grade readers, Scaredy Squirrel gives his most practical advice in 8 chapters. He warns readers at the very beginning of the book to put on mittens before attempting to read the book. You will find out why you need those mittens further into the story! Sure to bring on laughter and hours of rereading, readers will take Scaredy's Christmas Quiz, learn about how to build a Gingerbread House "to code", and how to decorate safely according to Scaredy among other holiday advice in this short chapter book.

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Visit Melanie Watt's website for some more fun!

Posted by Mrs. Littlejohn, Anderson Elementary School Librarian

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