Thursday, November 19, 2015

Great Christmas Picture Books for Giving This Year!

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Today I have not 1, but 3 wonderful Picture books for gift giving this Christmas season!

The Night Before Christmas: A Brick Story
  Spread the Christmas cheer with this whimsical retelling of Clement C. Moore’s cherished poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” This new edition of the classic features the text of Moore’s original poem, illustrated with beautifully detailed LEGO brick scenes and characters.

See the colorful stockings hung by the chimney in the fanciful brick house, and look on at the visions of dancing brick sugarplums. Turn the pages to reveal Saint Nicholas with his bundle of toys and his eight trusty reindeer, and watch as he magically slides down the chimney to bring presents to the good little girls and boys before shouting, “Now dash away, dash away, dash away all!” This treasured Christmas poem in brick will quickly become the highlight of your holiday storybooks and a great new tradition for the whole family!

The Night Before Christmas: A Brick Story sample 2

 Amanda Brack does a great job in retelling this classic tale in a way that kids will not only want to read, but will want to grab the Lego bin and see what they can build to match the pictures. You have to love a book that inspired! Just be prepared for Christmas Lego dioramas to pop up all over the house! It would be a fun gift to give with a box of Legos too!

Tough Cookie
by Kate Louise, illustrated by Grace Sandford

When this gingerbread man was baked, someone forgot to put in the ginger. He’s made of eggs and cinnamon and flour and butter and sugar, but he’s missing a key ingredient! Without ginger, the gingerbread man feels like he’s not really a gingerbread man at all! He can’t be sold in the bakery, so he lives at the back of the store. And there he causes all kinds of trouble. 

This gingerbread man eats the baker’s decorating candy. He throws sprinkles across the counter and squirts frosting on the walls. It’s not long before the baker has had enough of the gingerbread man’s mischief and orders him to leave. The gingerbread man realizes he’ll have to change his ways, and the baker decides to help. He teaches the gingerbread man that his ingredients don’t make him who he is—it’s his character that defines him. So the gingerbread man begins to help the baker decorate the other gingerbread men and women. He helps prepare them and makes sure they find their way on their journey from the oven to the bakery shelf. And he always makes sure to add the ginger.

This is a very sweet story about being kind and helping others, and how that makes us better people. Children will love the story, and adults will love the lessons they learn! this would be a fun book to give with a Gingerman Cookie gift set, so you can spend time baking with your child, and then give the cookies away, to reinforce the kindness they've learned.  

The Runaway Santa: A Christmas Adventure Story
by Anne Margaret Lewis, and illustrated by Aaron Zenz

Once there was a jolly Santa who wanted to leave the North Pole on a worldwide vacation! He decides he wants to visit Mount Rushmore and see the stone faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. Then he’ll ski the silky slopes of the Swiss Alps. And after that, he’ll ride an elephant in South Africa on a safari. Santa is eager for a new adventure, but Mrs. Claus isn’t so sure he’s ready just yet. Before he takes off, she’s going to make sure he’s got his rock climbing gear. And his skis, and his hat. He must be ready!

It isn’t long before Santa realizes that maybe his adventure would be more fun with a friend. Mrs. Claus is clearly an expert adventurer herself, and so the two take off together on a runaway adventure. They have a little time before Christmas, after all, and everybody needs a break sometimes!

This is a fun story that takes Santa around to some famous places, in the US and around the world. The constant is Mrs Claus, who is always ready with whatever he needs. It's a cute book and perfect for leading to talking about other places and what Santa does during the year!

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