Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Day 1 of the 12 Days of Christmas: It's a Book! It's a Card! Send a Story/Share a Story

Send a story instead of a card this holiday season!

Brett, Jan.
Annie and the Wild Animals (Send a Story).
October 2011.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

As the winter drags on, Annie notices changes taking place with her cat, Taffy. She's stopped playing, eats more than usual, and sleeps all day long, curled up in strange places. After Annie notices that Taffy has disappeared, the loneliness sets in and Annie is desperate to find a new friend. Just when Annie decides all the corn cakes in the world will fail to bring her a new pet, the south wind sets in, sending winter on it's way... and Taffy back home... with a surprise of her own!

The "Send a Story, Share a Story" aspect of this card and book make it an ideal Christmas present to be sent to children this holiday season from a relative that won't be able to be with the child on Christmas, as it kind of gives off the message that despite absence, they are always remembed. What's awesome about this book is that although it seems to be a Christmas-y story, it would even be ideal during the late winter months, when a case of the winter blues seems to have set in and children need a sense of hope about the impending arrival of spring!

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