Thursday, December 10, 2009

Holiday Books Day 10 and 11: The Mitten and A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas

Each day leading up to Christmas, I'm going to feature a Children's book that I've really enjoyed and would make a great choice to share with your family for the holidays. It may be one I've loved for years or one I've just recently found, but all would be great additions to your Christmas story list. Hopefully you'll find something to enjoy!

I'm doing today and Friday's posts together, to make room for some YA reviews tomorrow. Enjoy!

The Mitten, one of my all-time favorite wintery stories, has been retold by Jim Aylesworth and illustrated by Barbara McClintock.

If you don't know the story already, it features one little boy who loses his mitten and a whole bunch of animals that make themselves nice and cozy inside of that lost mitten, piling in and piling in until that mitten bursts, leaving the boy flabbergasted when he finds it. 

Kids are huge fans of this sweet-and-silly story, leaving them giggling as more and more animals try to find a cozy bed within that tiny mitten. It always made a great read aloud, no matter the version or the author (and there are lots of versions out there!). Pick this one up for story time or just to read aloud with the family. And don't forget to make the hot cocoa recipe provided on the jacket!

The Mitten
Retold by Jim Aylesworth
32 pages
Picture Book
Scholastic Press
October 2009
Review copy provided by publisher

A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas, written by Ralph Covert and G. Riley Mills and illustrated by Wilson Swain certainly takes the story of the nutcracker to a whole other level, with the ultimate imagination journey mixed in.

We have a bratty boy that just wants to play his video game who happens to be told the story of the nutcracker by his old neighbor. Next thing the boy knows, the Nutcracker is alive and helping to save him from the evil Mouse King. Oh yeah, and the Nutcracker is a girl!

Silly, imaginative, and quite a bit of fun, this would make a nice read aloud with your older kiddos. Really, who wouldn't like a book filled with a land made of candy?!

This one comes with a cool cd of songs and a reading of the book by the author. 

A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas
Ralph Covert and G. Riley Mills
40 pages
Picture Book
Chronicle Books
October 2009
Review copy received from publisher

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Jenn said...

I love The Mitten. It is such a lovely children's book.

Julie@comehaveapeace said...

The Mitten is one of my all time favorites! Great picks. :)

Blessings to you for a sweet holiday season -

Kelly H-Y said...

The Mitten is one of my all-time favorites ... love the one by Jan Brett.