Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Countdown 21-24, plus a few extras

Day 21:
The Three Gifts by Patricia Cook Orr, illustrated by Wilson Ong.  I really liked this tale of possible uses for the three gifts given to the Christ Child.  I also LOVE the picture of the wise man holding the baby Jesus on the cover.
Day 22:
Christmastime with Mr Bear by Linda Parry.  Another clearance book, but this one is awesome!  Mr. Bear tells his friends the story of the birth of Christ while they are getting ready for Christmas.  Each portion of the story has scripture references, in case you want to look them up.  Even cooler: each page says "time for ________" and then has the time written out, a picture of a digital clock, and directions to place the moveable hands on the analog clock.  It's awesome!  I can't wait until Kaity actually starts telling time.
Day 23:
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski, illustrated by P. J. Lynch.  This is a great story about the softening of a heart when you learn to care for others and focus on Christ
Day 24:
'Twas the Day Before Christmas by Brenda Seabrooke, illustrated by Delana Bettoli.  I know it's not until tomorrow, but I kind of rigged it so this one would be last.  It is a tradition in Jared's family to read The Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve.  I like this version a lot.  Not only does it have the entire poem by Clement Clarke Moore, but it also tells the story of why he wrote it, and the excitement of his family when they first heard it.
Merry Christmas a bright baby book.  This is a sturdy little touch and feel board book with one word and a photo on each page.  Perfect for babies so that they can focus, and for little ones learning about reading.  We picked this up last year for Kaity and she really likes it.
The Nutcracker based on the story by E. T. A. Hoffmann, adapted by Raina Moore, illustrated by Thea Kliros. A cute little board book that tells the general story of the Nutcracker Prince.
Counting Christmas by Karen Katz.  I can't get enough of Karen Katz, especially since Kaity will sit and look through the ENTIRE book, no matter which one it is.  This is a cute little countdown book and has adorable illustrations.
The Little Christmas Elf by Nikki Shannon Smith, illustrated by Susan Mitchell.  A cute little story about a little elf who wants very much to make a perfect toy for Christmas.  She never gives up, even when it seems too late.  The pictures are so sweet.

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