Monday, December 15, 2014

Elementary Christmas Books....

Some favorite Christmas memories here on Drywood Creek are books we've read during the season.  One particular book, The Birds' Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Wiggin tells the heartwarming tale of Carol Bird.  Born on Christmas day, Carol falls ill at the age of five.  Though she is bed ridden, she is determined to bring Christmas joy to the poor Ruggles children next door.  Young Carol is so inspirational, The Birds' Christmas Carol just may bring a tear to your eye.  You can download a free copy here.

Lion in the Box by Marguerite De Angeli tells of a poor family living in New York City in the early 20th century.   This special Christmas story of a widowed mother and her five children is based on a true story of a friend from De Angeli's childhood.  It's an absolutely delightful tale reminding us of the spirit of giving.

I must confess, I'm not a fan of cartoons and comics.  However, after reading A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schulz to Levi, I was moved by the love of the Peanuts gang.  Charlie Brown sets out to find a Christmas tree for the play.  When he brings back a pathetic looking branch, Linus and others set out to turn the branch into something extra special.  In the end, they gather round the tree to sing Hark, the Herald Angels Sing and I was hooked.

A couple other picture books for younger children to include this holiday season are Cranberry Christmas by Wende and Harry Devin and An Early American Christmas by Tomie dePaola. 

This week we will begin reading A Tree for Peter by Kate Seredy.  I'm excited with anticipation as I've heard so many wonderful things about this story...

What are your favorite Christmas books?

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