Saturday, December 5, 2009

On the last day of December I went to our library and stocked up on seasonal books. The objective is to read a new holiday book every day in December, but we also read and loved some books that are not related to winter celebrations. All the books in this review came from our fantastic public library.

When Santa Lost His HoHoHo

So far this book was Anna’s favorite out of Christmas books we read. The illustrations are bright and the story is rather funny. What I liked about this book is that it’s appealing to a wide range of ages – some inside jokes will be more evident to older kids and adults. Of course, all ends well, and Santa gets his Ho! Ho! Ho! back. By the way, the book lends itself extremely well to art activities, but Anna was not in the mood to draw any pictures for Santa, at least not yet.

Where is home little pip

I was introduced to Karma Wilson books via this weekly round-up. We have two at home at the moment, and Anna really enjoys Little Pip. We have special relationship with penguins anyway, since my husband likes to draw funny pictures with them. This book is really cute, because it describes our family so well – papa and mama who are doting on their only daughter. Anna was a little tense the first few times, since Pip gets lost in this book, but she requested it many times since.

The way I feel

I learned about this book from The Adventures of Bear. Anna is very fascinated with the book cover and keeps turning the book upside down to admire it. It’s a really nice story about the girl who describes her feelings, and it has a richer emotional vocabulary that most toddler books on feelings. There are feelings of frustration, jealousy, anger, disappointment and feelings of being happy, excited, and proud. The artwork is beautiful, and the story is fun to read. I highly recommend it.

Merry Christmas Big Hungry Bear

Both me and my husband love The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear. That’s why we both enjoyed reading this sequel. Anna doesn’t like the first one and was not thrilled about this one. She is not a suspense girl and doesn’t like the books that seem to build up to something scary. Even when she read it a couple of times she kept asking where is the bear. I think she will appreciate this book better when she is older. I am thinking of buying it for her.

What is your child reading? Link up and share – the linky is open all week. Happy holidays!

9 comments:

Cindy said...

Such a great idea to read a new holiday book each day. I will look for The Way I Feel this week. It looks great!

Debbie said...

Thank you again for sharing the great sounding books you are reading. I am going to have to look for When Santa Lost His Ho! Ho! Ho! and Little Pip.

Katy said...

We need to check out more of Karma Wilson's books. The penguin one looks really cute!

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

We also love Karma Wilson, especially her "Bear" books - so cute! I've never seen this penguin one, I'm sure it's great! The first one about Santa's Ho Ho Ho looks really cute too!

Ticia said...

Mine loved "When Santa Lost His HO HO HO!" this week too.
Our family has the same thing with the Big Hungry Bear books, I think they're super fun, and the kids are rather ho hum about them.
See if you can find a copy of "Mouse's First Christmas," I'm betting it would be super popular in your house, no suspense, but lots of fun guessing what he found.

Ticia said...

Oh, and to answer your comment on another blog: yes, your widget doesn't show up on a reader, but that's just fine because I'm going to come to your blog and comment anyways.
And, I'll hopefully get my reading post up on Monday....... Between being sick and helping a friend with cancer I haven't really gotten much writing done.

Chels said...

We love Karma Wilson's Bear books but I've never explore what else she had. Thanks for the recommendation!

Wendy and Karen said...

Thank you for all of your recommendations. I routinely check them out from our library.

Quirky Momma said...

Followed you from IV! What a great collection of books! I'll have to go check them out!