Happy Friday, everyone! It’s time for a Perfect Picture Book review and craft activity. If you head over to Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog today, you won’t find her usual picture book link up because the 4th Annual Holiday Contest is underway…check out the scores of incredible original stories – you are in for a treat!
Today’s picture book is especially perfect for this time of year. And I’m really excited because the author, Katharine Holabird, is going to be my Will Write for Cookies guest tomorrow.
Written by Katharine Holabird
Illustrated by Helen Craig
Publisher: American Girl (2002 – hardcover) Puffin (2008 – paperback)
Themes: Christmas, friendship, helping others
“Christmas was coming and everyone at Angelina’s school was working hard to prepare for the Christmas show. Angelina and the other children stayed after their lessons to rehearse and help decorate the hall.”
“When Angelina Ballerina sees the postman, old Mr. Bell, all alone at Christmastime, she decides to bring him some holiday cheer. Cousin Henry doesn’t want to help until he finds that there’s a real Santa Claus living in their town!”
Why I like this book:
- Great read-aloud with a wonderful message of helping others
- Sweet engaging illustrations
- A lovely story for Christmastime or anytime of year
How a parent can use this book:
- As a wonderful launchpad for talking about helping others
- Help your child make a card or bake some cookies for a homebound relative or neighbor – my younger son did this many years ago as part of a church school program. He was four years old and pasted so many pieces of ribbon and buttons and sequins on the card, it barely fit in the envelope. It was sent to an elderly homebound lady and several weeks later we received a lovely letter from her husband. He explained that his wife was blind and that she had been thrilled to get Peter’s card because of all the various textures she could feel on the paper. She knew how much effort the child who made it had put into it because there was not one empty space.
Bake Holiday Cookies
Photo courtesy www.tasteofhome.com
There are many ways you can make holiday cookies…from scratch or from a boxed mix or from a roll of premade dough that you find in the refrigerator section of the grocery store. And there are tons of websites that have recipes. I love www.tasteofhome.com. Kids can help mix and measure…and decorate. Keep it simple and have fun!
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COME BACK TOMORROW
WILL WRITE FOR COOKIES
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that Angelina!! And I love that story about your sons Christmas card. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks, Rhythm…I think we all love Angelina! And we still have the letter the man wrote…I’m sure Peter will show it to his daughter one day. 🙂
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What a lovely story about the blind lady x
We were so touched by the letter the man wrote, Catherine. And it was such a great self-esteem builder for young Peter…I think it showed him that even a young child could make something of great value. 😉
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Sounds like a super sweet book!
Yes…all of the Angelina Ballerina books have a lovely charm to them. And I absolutely LOVE your website banner/header, Robin…it ROCKS!!!!
My granddaughter loved this series. Such charming books!
This sounds like a great book! 😀
My girls love Angelina Ballerina, but I had never before noticed that it’s published by American Girl. Thanks for sharing this book and fun activities at Booknificent Thursday!
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