Auntie Claus and the Key to Christmas by Elise Primavera (Age Range: 4-7)
This is a book from the Auntie Claus series. This is the story about young Christopher Kringle who is starting to doubt Christmas. He deliberately acts bad in order to get on the Bad Boys and Girls list to prove it doesn’t exist. However, his actions get him locked out of Christmas and must go on a journey to learn that he must believe in order to see the family’s secret. The majestic pictures are stunning and will be loved by the children while the adults read. This story is sure to be a favorite for the entire family.
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Llama Llama Jingle Bells by Anna Dewdney (Age Range: 0-3)
This board book is perfect for the youngest of readers. Llama Llama Jingle Bells was just released and is the latest in the popular series. A cute, rhythmic story line accompanies adorable pictures of the Llama family celebrating various Christmas traditions. Plus, the thicker pages of the board book are durable enough to withstand the curiosity of babies.
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The Puppy that Came for Christmas
By: Megan Rix
Megan and Ian Rix have desperately been trying to have a baby. Megan feels as though a baby would finally complete their family. Throughout the numerous failed attempts, the couple has kept their struggles quiet. Along the way, they find a group called Helper Dogs. This group trains puppies to assist humans with disabilities. Megan and Ian get to experience all the joys and heartache of fostering two little puppies over the course of a year, until they finally get their forever dog.
The Puppy that Came for Christmas is a beautifully written memoir. Megan’s emotions shine through her words as she struggles to conceive. She keeps her story honest by showing the good times as well as the bad, such as medication failures or experiencing jealousy over her brother’s surprise announcement. However, puppy lovers around the world can relate to all the pleasures and sorrows that comes with Emma, Freddy and eventually Traffy. With their first dog, Megan tells readers about each of Emma’s triumphs and the new world of possibilities that opens from being a doggie parent. Then Freddy brings a bit of silliness to help distract from the pain of Emma’s graduation. Readers will laugh, cry and ooh and ahh throughout this inspirational book.
Note:This review was written for My Sister’s Books and Sasee Magazine.
How are you? Have you all remained healthy and gotten all of your shopping done? Well if you have, then you are better than me. Let’s see here, Friday was my grandfather’s 81st birthday, so while Mom took him out to lunch, I baked him a few surprise chocolate chip and walnut cookies. 🙂 By Saturday afternoon, I had to give in and concede, I was sick and despite putting up a fight, I had to give in and take some medicine. Have I mentioned that the last four days were in the 80s? Thankfully last night the rain came through and cooled things off. The weatherman declared it was 20 degrees cooler today, than at the same time as yesterday. (Talk about some big changes… Tonight it is supposed to be in the 20s!!! Perfect timing, don’t you think?)
Last night, I managed to sneak out of the house for an hour to complete my holiday shopping and today, I had the great pleasure of wrapping everything! Wrapping presents is my second favorite activity of this season… My favorite is watching everyone’s faces as they open up their gifts. What about you? Do you and your family have special traditions during this time of year?
I just wanted to take a quick second to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! I will be back online on Thursday with several reviews for all of you to enjoy! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!