Day 3 of our advent list includes a story from 1940 by Jean de Brunhoff, Babar and Father Christmas. As with all Babar stories, this one is a little odd, but still quite entertaining.
In this tale, Zephir the monkey discovers and tells Babar’s children about Father Christmas who visits Man’s country and brings toys to little boys and girls. The children are excited at the possibility and write to ask Father Christmas to visit Elephant country. When the lack of response discourages them, Babar learns of it and decides to search for Father Christmas himself and extend a personal invitation to him. Read the full post…
Just had to share this. Because I love Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree so much, I was shocked to discover that I had never heard of this Muppet version of the story. With Robert Downey Jr. and Leslie Nielsen alongside Kermit and other crazy Muppets… pure genius. It really is a great time. Unfortunately I couldn’t find it anywhere except YouTube. Not even the library had it! So, we watched the not-so-great quality of this video and enjoyed it nonetheless.
Perhaps I’ll purchase the real thing sometime for future enjoyment.
(I do have to say I was a little annoyed that they changed the story a bit (owls instead of foxes and rabbits!), but I understand why and can appreciate it as its own thing. I’m just such a book purest!)
Today we visit a fun pop-up book by J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh, Olive, the Other Reindeer. It was originally created in 1997, but this deluxe version came out in 2007. And what fun it is!
What kid doesn’t love singing Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer…? And I’m guessing most people have experienced the circumstance where a child (or adult!) misunderstands a lyric. Well, now you understand dear Olive, who just so happens to be a dog who misheard the song lyrics and decided to report to Santa as a reindeer ready for action. Read the full post…
Oh boy, do I have a series for you! Now, I can’t take credit for the book advent idea. I read about it several years ago and I deeply apologize that I don’t remember where I first heard about it. But, if you aren’t familiar with the concept, this is a sort of advent calendar where you open and read a different Christmas book each night.
Tomorrow morning is our Christmas storytime at Union Ave Books at 11am. We’ll be reading the marvelous old story by Mr. Robert Barry – Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree, and the crazy tale by Seibold and Walsh – Olive, the Other Reindeer. Come join the fun!
Balloons Over Broadway
Written & Illustrated by Melissa Sweet | 2011
This book review is sadly overdue. I had it mostly ready with pictures and all, and then we had a death in the family and our holiday looked different than anticipated. But I still wish to highlight this book as it is so fun and can be loved anytime, even though it is about the Thanksgiving Day parade. Balloons Over Broadway is a condensed illustrated history about Anthony “Tony” Sarg, and how he came to be the creator/puppeteer of the gigantic balloons of Macy’s parade. Read the full post…
The Monsters’ Monster
Written and Illustrated by Patrick McDonnell | 2012
Today’s book review is a brand-spanking new book by Patrick McDonnell. This is a little later than I anticipated, but I feel it should still be highlighted as I really like it! I’m not a big fan of Halloween. However, I recognize that a lot of people enjoy this holiday and I do like to highlight books that I actually like and fit well with this theme. So, from the marvelous creator of the MUTTS comic strip, and many other lovely picture books, comes this new tale about The Monsters’ Monster. Read the full post…
Today I wrestle with how to share a brilliantly clever, marvelously illustrated book. It is a story, quite simply, about walls. It is a surprising story, a hilarious story, a fun and thought-provoking story. Don’t miss this one. It is worth reading, talking about with everyone, and reading aloud to anyone: The Wall in the(…)
The newest one to our stack is Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968 by Alice Faye Duncan, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, 2018. It is a lengthier picture book, a combination of poetry and prose, based on a teacher who participated in the strike and marches in Memphis as a child. Come learn along with me.
Today’s book is another well-known song, this time without explanation; but rather exquisitely illustrated, depicting a beautiful interpretation of the song’s message of faith, trust, family, and nature.
A clever and beautifully illustrated story about forest friends determined to have everyone attend Moose’s upcoming Valentine’s Day party, especially Groundhog, whom they have to first stop from seeing his shadow!
A tribute to the famous song and the many people who have sung it from America’s era of slavery through the 60s civil rights movement and continuing today in the fight for freedom and equality, take a look at We Shall Overcome.
Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! Dr. King would be 90 years old if he were alive today. With the memorial holiday reminding us to reflect and continue to press on in the civil rights movement Dr. King helped orchestrate, this book is an excellent addition to the day.