Friday, December 9, 2011
Perfect Picture Books- Santa Kid
In the spirit of Christmas coming soon.....
When I actually take the time to think about the number of picture books in my house, I'm amazed at how many are really good. While some have survived longer than others, and some are memorized while others are not, the one below is still a favorite. My daughter, who is 10, has had several years of me reading this to her various classes at school. This year, she'll be the one reading it to her 4th grade class. When we talked about what book to bring in for her holiday sharing, there wasn't even any hesitation. "Santa Kid," she said. Thanks Susanna Hill, again, for starting this series, it's given me great memories and reason to look at our library of picture books again.
Written by James Patterson and illustrated by Michael Garland
Little, Brown and Company, 2004
Suitable for: Preschool and up
Themes/Topics: Christmas, Adventure
Opening and Brief Synopsis: A businessman, Warrie Ransom, has bought the North Pole and Christmas. His goal is for 50% of the children to receive presents, therefore threatening to ruin that special day. Only Chrissie, Santa's daughter, seems to believe Christmas can be saved.
Activities: Ask children what it would be like if only half the kids got presents at Christmas. Imagine: would you have the courage to try and save Christmas like Chrissie?
Why I Chose This Book: I bought this book, theoretically, for my children. But, as an avid James Patterson fan, I just couldn't resist. My unexpected surprise: when Chrissie shows her strength and the importance of children, I feel my own lump in my throat when Santa asks, "Do you believe, Chrissie,...in something bigger than yourself?"