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Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Twelve Books of Christmas (at least in our house!) - Book 5

This book is special in our house ... because it's slightly magical. But, more on that in a moment.

I know this is not exactly a "Christmas" book, but it sort of is ... winter, delicate snowflakes falling from the sky, enough snow to sled and build a snowman ... what could be more Christmasy than that (think "Frosty the Snowman" ... "Dashing Through the Snow" ... "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow"!)?

"The Snowy Day", by Anna Milbourne and Elena Temporin, is adorably illustrated and explains - in a simple and fun way - what makes it snow! And, oh, all the things you can do in the snow ... sledding and snowball-throwing and snowman-making. And, did you know that animals hide away in warm tree hollows and thick fir tree branches when it's cold and snowy? Oh, the things children will learn, all the while enjoying a sweet story and charming pictures.

OK, back to the magical part ... last year, my son (then 5) handed us this book to read and, after we'd finished, informed us that reading the book would make it snow that night. And ... it did! We were delighted to open the curtains that next morning to find our neighborhood blanketed in white snow. After that happened, the book automatically earned some magical credits! We've read it once or twice this year, with no luck. BUT, we're going to make sure to read it again this weekend ... according to the local meteorologist, we may just see some magic happening again this year!

4 comments:

Jeff B said...

This will definitely be the weekend to open the cover and give it a read. Braden will be completely convinced of the magic if the flakes do materialize.

It's great to see you posting on a regular basis now.

Kelly Hoeckelberg-Young said...

Hi Jeff! Yes ... it sounds like we'll definitely have a good shot at proving the book's magical powers this weekend! :-) Great to hear from you!

Gottawrite Girl said...

If I had magical powers, I'd leave my job and write all day long. I'm struggling, Kelly. Must prioritize better for writing purposes!!

Well, that said, thanks for your post. It's such a neat idea. Hope you do it again, next year!

Kelly Hoeckelberg-Young said...

Susan - Oooh, yes, magical powers would definitely help that goal along! In the mean time, just take things one step at a time ... you'll get there! So glad you're enjoying these posts ... that means a lot to me!