BRRRR! – 77 Degrees on Christmas Eve

In the spirit of Christmas, I wore a green dress to the Christmas Eve service.  Finding something appropriate for both the weather and holiday was difficult until I remembered the sleeveless dress I purchased last spring.  When the high temperature in Burlington, Vermont is 68 degrees, you can imagine the high in the more southern city of Raleigh, North Carolina — a balmy 77 degrees.  Then, there’s Boston… 69, New York City… 72, Norfolk, VA…82, Naples, FL… 89!

Missing the normal holiday temperatures?  Turn on the air conditioning, put on your fuzzy jammies, warm socks and snuggle with your family while reading these snowy books.

 

Toys Meet Snow
Toys Meet Snow by Emily Jenkins and Paul O. Zelinsky

Little Red Gliding
Little Red Gliding Hood by Tara Lazar and illustrated by Troy Cummings

First Snow
First Snow by Peter McCarty

Bear and Hare
Bear & Hare: Snow! by Emily Gravett

Virgil and Owen
Virgil & Owen by Paulette Bogan

Snowman's Story
Snowman’s Story by Will Hillenbrand

Bear Report
The Bear Report by Thyra Heder

Snow
Snow by Sam Usher

Max and Marla
Max and Marla by Alexandra Boiger

Lost Found
Lost. Found. by Marsha Diane Arnold and illustrated by Matthew Cordell

Penguins Adventure
Penguins Big Adventure by Salina Yoon

Snowy Bear
Snowy Bear by Tony Mitton and illustrated by Alison Brown

Dear Yeti
Dear Yeti by James Kwan

 

Books Comparing Now and Then

A Fine DessertWhale Trails

Recently ML and I were introduced to the app Trivia Crack.  We’re addicted.  It’s like Trivial Pursuit but online.  This has sparked an interest in history for ML.  Two picture books arrived recently to fuel her new passion.

A Fine Dessert:  Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Sophie Blackall – We followed the making of blackberry fool from Lyme, England to present day San Diego stopping in outside of Charleston, SC in the 1800s and Boston, MA in the 1900s.  ML is eager for blackberries to be in season so we can try the recipe.  We may go blackberry picking and make a whisk with clean, soft twigs like the mom and daughter in the 1700s.  However, we will buy the cream at the grocery.  We don’t have access to cows we can milk ourselves.  The details in the illustrations span centuries. . . from an ice pit in the hillside to gumball machines at the supermarket.

Whale Trails:  Before and Now by Lesa Cline-Ransome and illustrated by G. Brian Karas – A delightful tale comparing today’s whale watching industry with whale hunting ships of the 1800s.  Each page spread includes one page showing a modern whale watching adventure in bright gouache and acrylic;  and a page that looks like aged paper with black toned illustrations.

Amy’s Daughter – 2nd Grader Reading at 4th/5th Grade Level Loves “The Sister’s Grimm” Series

My friend Amy’s daughter is a 2nd grader who loves the series The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley and illustrated by Peter Ferguson.  She’s almost finished with this series about fairy-tale detectives.  Below are some ideas for an advanced reader in 2nd grade.

EllaEnchanted

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine – “In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.”

ToysGoOut

Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins – “Six stories relate the adventures of three best friends, who happen to be toys.”  There are two more books in this trilogy.

Jeremy Thatcher

Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville – “Small for his age but artistically talented, twelve-year-old Jeremy Thatcher unknowingly buys a dragon’s egg.”

Series

DarkGrimm

A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz – “Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms’ fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hanseland Gretel, The seven ravens, Brother and sister, The robber bridegroom, and The devil and his three golden hairs”

Spiderwick

The Spiderwick Chronicles by Toni DiTerlizzi and illustrated by Holly Black – “The field guide sets up the story of the Grace children–13-year-old Mallory and 9-year-old twins Jared and Simon–who with their mother move into the dilapidated Spiderwick Estate only to quickly find themselves sucked into a dark and fascinating world of faeries. In the Spiderwick chronicles’ second book, The seeing stone things get even more exciting–and kind of scary–for the Grace kids, as the strange faerie world hinted at in The field guide blooms to full life around them. When Mallory and Jared attempt to rescue Simon from goblins, they use a magical stone which enables them to see things that are normally invisible.”

FathersDragon

My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Gannett – “A young boy determines to rescue a poor baby dragon who is being used by a group of lazy wild animals to ferry them across the river on Wild Island.”

EmilyWindsnap

Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler – “After finally convincing her mother that she should take swimming lessons, twelve-year-old Emily discovers a terrible and wonderful secret about herself that opens up a whole new world.”

NarthanielFludd

Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist by R. L. LaFevers – “In 1928, when timid ten-year-old Nate learns that his parents have been lost at sea, he joins his father’s cousin on a flight to Arabia where they must oversee the death and rebirth of the phoenix, thus beginning his training as a “beastologist.”

Something Unrelated to The Sisters Grimm

Clementine

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker  – While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.