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Holiday 2012 Book Suggestions. – 12/18/12

Posted on: Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

This week we have four book suggestions for the Holiday season.  They cover 3 of the major holidays and one book for everyone.  The books are mostly for younger kids but older kids can enjoy them too – and so can their parents.  Enjoy and have a very Happy Holiday!

Peanuts: A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz is for kids age 4 and up.  “Start this holiday season off with a bang by celebrating with the PEANUTS gang in the timeless classic A Charlie Brown Christmas.  Read along with Charlie Brown in his heartwarming quest to uncover the true meaning of Christmas with Snoopy, Linus, and friends!  This cloth bound deluxe collector’s edition is faithful to the original television special that airs every Christmas season and makes the perfect gift for young and old PEANUTS fans.“  Review from Amazon.

My Two Holidays: A Hanukkah and Christmas Story by Danielle Novack is for kids age 3 and up.  “When Sammy’s classmates take turns talking about which holiday they celebrate, Sammy becomes very nervous.  Some people celebrate Christmas and some people celebrate Hanukkah.  But Sammy celebrates both!
Written by a clinical psychologist, MY TWO HOLIDAYS offers comforting explanations that shine a light on how special it can be to celebrate two treasured holidays instead of one!”  Review from Amazon.

Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story by Angela Shelf Medearis is for kids in grade 2 and up.  “In The Seven Days of Kwanzaa: How to Celebrate Them (1994), the author offered ideas, including crafts and recipes, for celebrating the cultural holiday.  This latest title is an original folktale that will help introduce children to the holiday’s seven principles, while also suggesting how Kente cloth was first created. In a Ghanian village, a father’s will commands that his seven argumentative sons must make gold from silk thread “by the time the moon rises,” without fighting.  Working together, the brothers create a tapestry of Kente cloth, the first multicolored cloth the village has seen, which they sell to the king’s treasurer for gold, before returning to their village to farm and live harmoniously. Well-paced, the story incorporates the Kwanzaa values without spelling them out too much. Minter’s attractively composed, dramatic painted linocuts, with strong community images and lively, silhouetted figures, root the story in a sun-drenched, magical landscape that will draw children even after repeated readings. An introductory section, with glossary and pronunciation guide explaining the principles, and an appended craft activity round out the volume. Gillian Engberg  Copyright © American Library Association.  All rights reserved” Review from Amazon.

The Thankful Book by Todd Parr is for kids in grade P and up.
I am thankful for music because it makes me want to dance.
I am thankful for my feet because they help me run and play.
I am thankful for kisses because they make me feel loved.

Todd Parr’s bestselling books have taught kids about unconditional love, respecting the earth, facing fears, and more, all with his signature blend of playfulness and sensitivity.  Now, The Thankful Book celebrates all the little things children can give thanks for.  From everyday activities like reading and bath time to big family meals together and special alone time between parent and child, Todd inspires readers to remember all of life’s special moments.  The perfect book to treasure and share, around the holidays and throughout the year.”  Review from Amazon.

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