Saturday, December 26, 2009

Merry Christmas to everyone! Now, when Christmas is here, we will spend the next week reading all the books that were gifted to us. In the meantime, here are the library books that we’ve been reading:

The Snowy Day

Both Anna and I fell in love with this simple story from Ezra Jack Keats. I think it’s even more fascinating for my daughter who has never seen snow yet except in the pictures. It’s very easy for Anna to understand the adventures, excitement and disappointments of this small boy as he experiences his first snowy day. I also love the way the book ends – next day he goes exploring not by himself but with a friend. An enjoyable read in every possible way.

Christmas Tree Memories

I didn’t expect this book to be a hit, but I brought it down as “a potty book”, and Anna wanted it to be read to her every time she went for several days. The story is pretty complex – the family looks at ornaments on the tree and remembers where they came from. There is even a mention of death – one of the ornaments came from an aunt that died. I thought that it would be difficult for my daughter to comprehend – her notions of past and future are hazy at best, but she liked to listen to the story of each ornament. It also brought some discussions between me and my husband about making one special ornament from this year on and eventually creating our own memory tree.

The Story of Christmas

I think I learned about this book from Monkey See Monkey Do book reviews. They read a lot of fantastic Christian books. I think we should have read it earlier in the season to give Anna a good overview of traditional Christmas Story, because most of the books that we read sort of assume that the child is totally familiar with it. I liked it, because it gives a very accurate account of biblical texts including the fact that Mary was not married to Joseph at the time of Annunciation. I was not thrilled with boring illustrations – this is my main complaint about the book. Anna liked references to baby Jesus – she could finally connect to the story. Now she understands better my favorite Christmas song that I keep singing at home – Do You Hear What I Hear?

Mr Seahorse

We read Mr Seahorse by Eric Carle in the summer for our Ocean unit. Anna saw it in the library and asked me to take it home. I did and she asks for it every night. I am not sure why she finds the book so fascinating – maybe because of all the good fathers in the book and the way they take care of their young. She giggles at Mr Kurtus most that is apparently carries eggs on his head, and she loves the ending, I love you, but now you are ready to be on your own.

Share your holiday reads by linking below. The linky is open all week, and I always enjoy visiting your blogs and discovering good books to read.


Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

I just love The Snowy Day, and we like the seahorse one too. I'll have to look for the others!

Ticia said...

I know I've seen the cover for the Sea Horse one but I can't for the life of me remember if I've read it. I guess that just means I need to check it out.
Don't forget to go by the book stores and score the clearance Christmas books. I found a couple of great finds today while up in Dallas visiting the in-laws.

Susana said...

We are still reading Christmas books this week too. I've also got some snowman and winter ones to add to the mix.

Joe also enjoys Mister Seahorse. I love almost all that Eric Carle writes--he is one of my favorite authors.