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By Alex Willan
(Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
Gilbert the Goblin is back and now he is bashing Elves. Jealous of how perfect and hardworking the elves seem, he sneaks into Santa’s workshop to see for himself. However, he soon discovers it’s not so easy to handle flying deer, wrap a present or make a toy. Humorous text and bright whimsical illustrations prove he is not really cut out to be an elf. What he does come to realize is that elves work as a team and are very friendly and kind. A cute Christmas story that brings to light friendship and co-operation.
How to Decorate a Christmas Tree
By Vikki VanSickle, Illustrated by Miki Sato
This charming holiday guidebook emphasizes the sentimental value behind some of the ornaments we choose to decorate our trees. Della Rose starts with a ball from when she was first born. She remembers a pinecone she found camping, a soccer trophy and a maneki-neko cat from her aunt in Japan. She hangs decorations she made and knows the stories behind the ones for her mom and dad. As children read along, they can share the memories behind the decorations they put on their own trees. Unique fabric and paper illustrations bring this Christmas tradition to life.
Skating on a Wild Inland Sea
By Jean E. Pendziwol, Pictures By Todd Stewart
When two children wake one icy morning, the call of Lake Superior invites them to come and explore. With descriptive lyrical text, we follow them as they experience the sights and sounds of the woods and the shore. After lacing up their skates with numb fingers, they slice the ice with their blades and listen to the lake as she sings her song. Gorgeous seasonal illustrations fill each page. A wonderful wintery story that will make readers of all ages want to experience the outdoors.
Winter A Solstice Story
By Kelsey E. Gross, Illustrated by Renata Liwska
(A Paula Wiseman Book)
Owl knows the sunset brings the solstice and asks the creatures of the forest to help illuminate the dark, on this longest of nights. Deer, squirrel, rabbit, duck, and raccoon each place items from the land onto a great tree to celebrate the coming of a new season. The animals are fearful when they see they have woken bear, however, he has briefly left his hibernation to add a special gift of light. Softly coloured illustrations create a chilly but cozy feel to this beginning of winter story.
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