Saturday, December 11, 2010

We are now in full on Christmas reading mode. Some of our books are the same books we read last winter, and some are new finds. Our library seems to have inexhaustible amount of Christmas books, and a lot of them look very good. But I want to share first a couple of non-Christmas books that we found on our “New Arrivals” display.
Alex and Lulu
Smarty grabbed Alex and Lulu by Lorena Siminovich from the shelf and announced that she will read this book to me. Something in illustrations appealed to her right away, and the story didn’t disappoint either. Alex and Lulu are a boy dog and a girl cat who are best friends but like different things. Can their friendship last? This book is great for 4+ since it tackles important questions – how do we make friends? How do we play fair? What do we love about our friends? Check it out when you get a chance.
Hot Rod Hamster
Hot Rod Hamster by Cynthia Lord and Derek Anderson was another random find. I actually had to google “hot rod” to be able to explain what it means to Smarty (and the book made a lot more sense to me then). Young car enthusiasts might appreciate this book even more than my daughter did – illustrations are playful and bright too. Smarty's favorite part was the end of the book when Hot Rod Hamster made out with all the prizes.
Hannah's Christmas
I am always looking for the books that introduce traditions from other countries, and I was excited to find Hannah’s Christmas by Melissa Peterson. Technically, the story is not about Christmas, but about Swedish tradition of St Lucia’s celebration on December 13. It’s a cute story about the girl who just relocated with her family to America and misses Sweden and her grandma. An unexpected house guest helps her get ready for St Lucia day. We both really enjoyed this story.
St Nicholas
Since Smarty is half German, we couldn’t miss St Nicholas Day on December 6. We enjoyed reading The Legend of St Nicholas by Dandi Daley Mackall. The story nicely links past and present and tries to focus the reader on the joy of giving this holiday season. I used the book (and a Veggie Tales movie about St Nicholas) as a “kickoff” to convincing Smarty donate some of her toys to children in need. To be honest, it wasn’t easy, but she did feel the big box to donate to the shelter.


Ticia said...

Man, I wish my library had books like those last two. I've had very little luck in that way.

They have a fair number of Christmas books, but not a lot.

Christy said...

Our library system is pretty good and we don't have to pay for inter-library loan, so that is nice.

That first book looks like one I have to find.

I love that you had to google "hot rod". That made me smile!

All of these books look great. Thanks for sharing.

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

It sounds like I will have to look for the St. Nicholas book! These all sound wonderful actually; what a productive week at your library!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I have those last two on hold, I'm hoping they make it in soon.

Very funny about Googling hot rod - I guess theres always more to learn :)

Mom and Kiddo said...

Look! I'm linking up! I found Hanna's Christmas book last year at the library and got it again this year. My Christmas celebrations are always heavily Swedish-themed. I might, just might have a St. Lucia day post soon. It's on Monday so I need to get my act together.

Tracey M. said...

You always have such a neat variety of unique books. Alex and Lulu look very cute and I want to add the St. Nicholas book to the ones we're reading for Christmas. Thanks for hosting :o)

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

What great reads! Alex and Lulu sounds _exactly_ like the kind of book Emily would LOVE to read!! I'm adding it to our list -- thank you!!! xoxo

Debbie said...

All these books sound so good. I will have to look for the first one and see if our library has it.

MaryAnne said...

Alex and Lulu sounds like a good pick for my kids!

Jenny said...

Those sound like great books. I just checked out The Legend of the Christmas Tree and The Legend of The Christmas Stocking.

Our Homeschool Fun said...

Congrats to you and Anna for having her donate some of her toys and for her having the courage to do it. That's always a tough thing around here for the kids, but a very welcome thing for me:-).