The 12 Days of Christmas, by Greg Pizzoli


The 12 Days of Christmas, by Greg Pizzoli, I adore Christmas books!  And this one is even more fun because I love singing songs/books to my children! The text for this book is familiar to everyone since it's the traditional 12 Days of Christmas Song. 

But the pictures make this story unique. Mama elephant's reaction to the baby elephant's gifts are hilarious and tell a great story about materialism and how too much stuff can clutter your life. The illustrations are filled with expression, color, and surprises on every page. 

This is a delightful whimsical Christmas book that I will continue to sing to my children every year!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.



Groundhug Day, by Anne Marie Pace and Christopher Denise

Groundhug Day is a delightful story of friendship. Moose wants to have a Valentine's Day party, but he knows his friend, groundhog will not be able to attend if he sees his shadow. The animals work together to come up with a solution. They first think of ways to keep groundhog from seeing his shadow. When they discover that shadows frighten Groundhog, they work together to show him all the ways that shadows are fun. Kids will love all the animal's activities and may want to try shadow puppets and drawing silhouettes at home! 

The story touches on 4 holidays; Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, and Easter so it's great for classrooms discussions on holidays. The lovely illustrations and heartwarming text make it a great read aloud. 

But my favorite part of this book is the emphasis on working together. The difference between bickering and working together is an important and essential part of this story; one I think every person can benefit from. I love that the friends discover the benefits of cooperating and thinking about how their friends feel. This story will evoke discussion about what it means to be a friend, and how to discover solutions together.


*I received a copy of this book from Disney Hyperion in exchange for an honest review.