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Days for holiday shopping are running out!
Books to Borrow...Books to Buy
Kendal A. Rautzhan
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 10:00 AM
An extra book review to help you find the perfect gift for the child in your life. Happy Holidays!
Books to Borrow
The following book is available at many public libraries.
"Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree" written and illustrated in by Robert Barry, Doubleday, 32 pages
Read aloud: age 4 and older.
Read yourself: age 7 - 8 and older.
Mr. Willowby was a wealthy man. When his Christmas tree arrived he had the deliveryman place the tree in its pot in the parlor. It was the biggest, most beautiful tree Mr. Willowby had ever seen. It was, however, too big for his large house.
Mr. Willowby had his butler chop off the top of the tree so that it would stand upright. The butler felt it would be a waste to throw the treetop away. So he presented it to Miss Adelaide, the upstairs maid. Delighted, she went immediately to place her Christmas tree in her favorite spot, but again, the tree was too tall. So, like Mr. Willowby, she chopped the top off.
On and on the scenario continues. The tree, too tall for each successive owner, gets pruned from the top, until at last, even a wee mouse has shared Mr. Willowby's beautiful Christmas tree with his tiny family.
Written in rhyme, this fun Christmas story carries a happy message about the joy of sharing.
Library: Switzerland County Public Library, 205 Ferry St., Vevay
Library Director: Shannon Phipps
Children's Librarian: Judi Terpening
Choices this week: "Just Go to Bed" by Mercer Mayer; "The Cat in the Hat" by D. Seuss; "There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom" by Louis Sachar
Books to Buy
The following books are available at favorite bookstores.
"Santa Duck" written and illustrated by David Milgrim, Nancy Paulsen Books, 2013, 30 pages, $6.99 board book
Read aloud: age 3 - 5.
Read yourself: age 7.
It was Christmas Eve and Nicholas Duck had to find Santa fast to tell him what he wanted for Christmas. As he was leaving his house, he found a gift on his doorstep - a cozy red coat with white trim and a matching Santa hat. He had no idea who had given him the gift, but he was delighted, put the coat and hat on, and proceeded on his quest to find Santa.
His progress was impeded along the way, however, because all of the animals thought Nicholas was "Santa Duck" and proceeded to tell him all the things they wanted for Christmas. Just when Nicholas thought he couldn't bear it any longer, he ran into Santa. Santa had a great many questions for Nicholas - so many that Nicholas forgot to tell Santa what he wanted for Christmas. Now what?!
Both clever and funny, "Santa Duck" will have kids demanding repeat performances.
"An Otis Christmas" written and illustrated by Loren Long, Philomel, 40 pages, $ 17.99 hardcover
Read aloud: age 4 and older.
Read yourself: age 7 - 8.
The little tractor named Otis lived on a farm. It was Christmas Eve, snow was everywhere, and the people and animals were busy with holiday preparations.
Late that night, Otis heard anxious voices in the barn - the horse that was about to give birth was in distress. Then Otis heard the farmer say, "We need Doc Baker out here tonight or we'll lose 'em both." The pick-up truck couldn't get through the heavy snow, and Otis knew what he had to do. "With snow up to his chin, Otis headed out into the cold night to get Doc." Could he make it? Would there be a Christmas miracle at the farm?
Charming and full of the warmth and love of friends and family, this choice is lovely for sharing.
"Nickel Bay Nick" by Dean Pitchford, Putnam, 2013, 253 pages, $16.99 hardcover
Read aloud: age 8 and older.
Read yourself: age 10 - 11 and older.
Eleven-year-old Sam isn't having the best year. He's been in trouble with the police for petty offenses, his dad's bakery business is really off, and his mom spends more time with her new family than with Sam. To top it all off, the anonymous Nickel Bay Nick, who has been distributing $100 bills to unsuspecting townspeople every Christmas, has seemingly vanished.
When Sam accidentally stumbles across the real Nickel Bay Nick and learns the reason for his absence this year, Sam finds himself taking over to perform the good deeds. It isn't easy, though, and in the process Sam learns a lot about himself, friendship, and the gift of second chances.
Perfect in every way, this selection is at once funny, suspenseful, and heartwarming.
Nationally syndicated, Kendal Rautzhan writes and lectures on children's literature. She can be reached at her website: www.greatestbooksforkids.com.
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