With the Christmas season fast approaching and the cooler weather upon us, what better reasons do you need to cuddle up and read a festive book with your children?
This wonderful story begins on December 24, Christmas Eve, with an old farmer settling in for a winter’s nap. He’s snuggled up in his favorite chair enjoying a cup of steaming peppermint tea. It’s extremely cold outside, but for some strange reason, this is the first year without snow! As the farmer falls asleep the wonder and the story begin.
He dreams about a huge snowstorm covering his animals in a thick white blanket. We are taken outside into the snow where the farmer is on a mission to guess which animal is hiding underneath. This interactive book comes with a snow blanket film over each page, and children will have fun guessing which animal is under there. The book is a wonderful choice for parents to communicate with their children and ask them questions when reading along. It also encourages them to predict what will happen next with the story.
The quirky names (or rather numbers) that the author uses for the animals and the tree will elicit giggles from young children, and can help introduce counting and even naming the characters themselves. The message in this book is about how holidays bring family and friends together. It also teaches children about being kind to one another.
Lovers of American author and illustrator Eric Carle’s classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar will recognize the iconic collage illustrations in this wintry tale about a farmer who dreams of a white Christmas. Like Caterpillar, the pages bring in extra fun and interest for young readers. There is also a musical surprise at the end of the book that will put a smile on any child’s face.