Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Three New Christmas Picture Books


This Gingerbread Man was loose in the school and on the fire truck, and now he’s loose at holiday time!

Everyone in class is busy practicing songs and making goodies for their trip to town to thank community helpers, and the Gingerbread Man has made a gift for someone extra sweet. But before he can deliver his gift, whipping wind and swirling snow come to town, too. Slushy sidewalks are no place for a cookie, but this Gingerbread Man won’t let a little bad weather stop him!

“I’ll search on my own, as fast as I can!
I’ll dash through this snow. I’m the Gingerbread Man!”

With all the flavors of the season and generous dashes of kindness and gratitude, the Gingerbread Man’s newest adventure makes for a perfect read-aloud throughout the holidays.


Murray's adorable Gingerbread Man returns for the holiday season.  This time, he works with his classmates to create gifts for the community workers.  Not only is this a sweet book about the value of creating gifts with one's own hands, but also doing kind deeds for others.  The inclusion of many different community helpers also makes it valuable book about jobs.  As always, Murray's rhymes are fun to read, especially the Gingerbread Man's refrains.  The problem that the Gingerbread Man runs into is solved in a creative way that I really liked.  The book also includes a fun poster for young readers to enjoy with activities on the back.  A fun addition to any holiday collection.


Celebrate ten years of Cork & Fuzz with the best friends' first-ever picture book--a lovely holiday tale.

Cork the muskrat knows there’s something special about today, but he just can’t figure out what it is. So he and his best friend, the possum Fuzz, go on a search to find a tree for a little “piece of quiet,” so they can think about what makes this day so special. But the first tree has too many birds, and the next has too many squirrels--they're not quiet at all! At last, when the snow begins to fall, Cork and Fuzz find the perfect place to rest their heads: under a lovely outdoor Christmas tree. In the end, Cork realizes what makes this day so special is that he is “in a beautiful place with my friend.”


Interestingly, this story is strictly a Christmas one.  It does contain a few Christmas season elements such as a bell, and a tree with lights, and a special feeling in the air, but the focus is on the two friends.  It's always fun to watch two such different friends interact with each other.  Cork and Fuzz are searching for a piece of quiet so that Cork can think about why the day feels so special, but it isn't until they find a tree with lights that they discover what truly makes the day special.  I've always been a fan of McCue's darling illustrations and this book reminds me why.  Both Cork and Fuzz as well as the birds and squirrels are absolutely adorable.  A sweet book and a nice reminder about the value of friendship.


From the creators of the New York Times bestseller Snowmen at Night comes a lively story about discovering the joy and meaning of Christmas

When Mr. Mouse and his family move into the warm spot beneath the kitchen stove in a big house, they discover something new and wonderful: an evergreen tree decorated with lights, ginger and peppermint smells in the air, and cookies baking in the oven. They hear about a child born long ago, and a jolly man named Santa who brings gifts to celebrate Jesus’s birth on a day called Christmas. And so Mr. and Mrs. Mouse decide that their family should celebrate Christmas too.

With delightful rhyming verse, detailed illustrations (with hidden pictures to search for!), and a childlike sense of wonder, the story of the Mouse family’s first Christmas is sure to become a holiday tradition.


Another delightful book from the Buehners.  This is a sweet introduction to the Christmas holiday, what it means and where it came from.  The reader follows the Mouse family as they discover the joys of the holiday season.  Mark Buehner has once again hidden certain items in the illustrations that children will be delighted to spend time searching for.  And the details in the illustrations are fun to find.

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