Merry Christmas everyone! We have finally waded through a big stack of our own Christmas books. I think Smarty was on Christmas overload by the end of it, since she kept pulling other books from her own library. What Do People Do All Day by Richard Scarry remains a clear favorite from our home library for the third month running. But here are other picks from this week.
We received this version of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas from Tiger Tales for winter review, and I held it back until now. It’s a beautiful and playful take on the famous poem, since all characters are mice and not people. The book also has gorgeous “touch and feel” pages, and Smarty really enjoyed it. She had fun comparing and contrasting it with another edition illustrated by Becky Kelly that we already owned.
Laura Star series by Klaus Baumgart are quite popular in Germany. We even have a movie at home (which daughter doesn’t want to watch since it’s in German). Incidentally, English version of Laura’s Christmas Star was also published by Tiger Tales, but I bought it at the library book sale. As all other Tiger Tales books, it’s very beautifully illustrated. I was amazed to see Smarty sit down with this book and read it from start to finish, since it’s a pretty long story and has a lot of text per page. She can truly read anything now that appeals to her.
Smarty pulled The Sandwich Swap from “New Arrivals” shelf in the library. Only after she read it to me and asked some questions I saw that it was written by Queen Rania of Jordan, which is by itself very fascinating. Smarty wanted to know why Queen Rania is not wearing a crown in her picture on the jacket of the book. The story is really good and some adults in high places would benefit from reading it. How often we look down at something that is not part of our culture? That’s what the story is about. We both give it five stars.
Since we watched Nutcracker last week, both The Nutcracker Ballet by Vladimir Vagin and Time for Ballet by Adele Geras were quite popular this week. We read a couple of other books by Adele Geras about ballet, and she makes ballet sound very fun. Her books will definitely be appreciated by little ballerinas out there. I also like that they come with a good story and beautiful illustrations as well.