With Christmas closing in fast, we've been on a reading frenzy to finish up all the holiday themed books we grabbed from the library, throughout the month. Most have been secular stories, not so much about Santa, and reindeer, as about family traditions, love, and giving.
We have quite a few books around the house, that tell the story of Jesus' birth, but for the most part, I like to read that account out of the Bible to children, without all the little extras, that get put into children's stories.
I did pick up The Legend of Saint Nicholas by Demi, this week. I thought it might be fun to compare the facts of Nicholas' life in the book, with the Veggie Tale, movie version, we watched earlier in the month. Once I had a chance to look through it however, I realized it was a little wordy for the younger ones, so we'll be reading it slowly. The illustrations are amazing though, so I think the they'll still enjoy it.
Here are few of this week's favorites:
Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O'Connor, and illustrated by Robin Preiss Slasser - This was our first Fancy Nancy book. I was a little disappointed, that the story was not as exciting as the illustrations, but the children liked it, and asked to hear it multiple times, so I guess that makes it a hit.
Not A Box by Antoinette Portis - I think someone mentioned this book in the "What My Child Is Reading" link up, last week, but wherever we saw it, we checked it out on Monday morning, and I'm glad we did. The story is very simple, as are the illustrations, but still very cute. A little bunny stands on a box, sits in a box, sprays a box with water, and so on, and we discover it is not a box at all, but a race car, a mountain top, or a burning building. Again, along the theme of Too Many Toys by David Shannon, but in a simpler form.
Not A Stick by Antoinette Portis - Not a Stick is just the same as Not a Box, except with a stick. It is also very cute.
Rocky Mountain Night Before Christmas by Joe Gribnau, and illustrated by Salima Alikhan - I thought a Rocky Mountain twist on the Night Before Christmas poem would be fun for the kids, and for the most part it was. Though, I was not too happy to have to explain what it meant when it said Santa came in by the fire for a "nip", and there is mention of cussing (in a friendly Rocky Mountain kind of way, of course). So, while I got a kick out of the cowboy, the cabin, and the cows pulling Santa's sleigh, this one might have been a bit rough for the children.
For more book reviews, and suggestions, be sure to check out the "What My Child Is Reading" link up, over at Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns.
It's great to be a homeschooler.