What a charming early reader for children to read at Christmas. It's also a lovely book to read together as a family, which I did with my sons. Althou...moreWhat a charming early reader for children to read at Christmas. It's also a lovely book to read together as a family, which I did with my sons. Although they are a bit older than the age group for this book (they read quite well on their own now and my younger son reads at a higher level than his grade level), they enjoyed the book. I asked them for their thoughts on the book and here is what they said. They both thought it was cool how she figured out to use the tumbleweed as a Christmas tree. They also liked how she gave up her ball glove so she could buy presents for her family. As we were reading, we came to the part where the main character is talking about miracles with her friend. My son said, "Daniel doesn't know what a miracle is?" So I asked him, "Do you know what a miracle is?" He said yes, and told me, "It's something good that happens when you think it won't." Exactly! Tumbleweed Christmas teaches that we should believe in miracles and that sometimes we just may have to make the miracles happen ourselves. Also, I need to mention the wonderful illustrations. Just terrific! I highly recommend this book as a family Christmas book to be shared every year during the season. (less)
Little Shepherd is a wonderful children's book to share with children during Christmas, or really any time of year. It tells about the birth of Christ...moreLittle Shepherd is a wonderful children's book to share with children during Christmas, or really any time of year. It tells about the birth of Christ in a simple way, while also bringing across to the reader that God is watching over us. I read the book to my sons, who are nine and ten years old and I asked them their thoughts when we finished reading. One thing my younger son said first off was that he liked the illustrations (beautifully done by Eugene Ruble). When I asked him what else he liked about the book, he said he liked when the angels came telling them Jesus was born and when they came to see baby Jesus. I asked him how the sheep were kept safe and he said God watched over the sheep. My older son also liked when they went to see Jesus. He also couldn't believe that Obed was watching over sheep when he was only five years old. When I asked him who kept the sheep safe, he first said the angels and then said God. He then asked me how God did that and I told him that God was the almighty and he protects who and what he chooses. He chose to protect the sheep because he wanted the shepherds to witness the birth of Jesus and therefore, to spread the good news. He said, "I wish I could be God. I like God." Out of the mouth of babes. =O) As you can see, Little Shepherd does get its message across. Although clearly written for a younger audience than my sons, they still enjoyed this lovely book. It's a good edition to any family's Christmas book collection. (less)
This was such a lovely book. I had absolutely no idea it would make me cry! I have a little story to tell you to explain why I cried. In the process o...moreThis was such a lovely book. I had absolutely no idea it would make me cry! I have a little story to tell you to explain why I cried. In the process of moving last year, we were moving things from the attic and I had a box of cherished stuffed animals from when I was a child. One of them was my teddy bear, Theodore, my first teddy bear that I received when I was a newborn baby. When I looked at the box, I noticed that it was wet and when I opened it, horror awaited. My teddy bear had gotten wet and had disintegrated into almost nothing. I cried and cried. Of course, the one leaky spot in the attic had to be above that box. =O( So, when I got to a certain point in Wise Bear William, it made me think of that and also how much I loved my teddy when I was growing up. For a children's book to evoke this kind of emotion in an adult is a powerful thing. Now don't get me wrong. The book is not meant to be sad and it's not sad, really. It just caused that kind of reaction in me.
I read the book with my sons and they really liked it too. They said their favorite characters were Calico Kitty and Wise Bear William and the parts they liked best were when Wise Bear William was chosen and how Rag Doll Rose looked after William fixed her up. I was impressed with the book because it really kept their interest. They are 9 and 10 so they are starting to outgrow this type of book, but it was written so well and kids can tell when a book is well written.
Wise Bear William is not a Christmas book, but it is a good book to read with your children at Christmas because it teaches that helping others is important and that rewards can come to you, even when you think all is lost. Wise Bear William is the voice of hope throughout the book and hope is a good thing to read about during Christmas. I highly recommend this book.(less)