I like to gift books for Christmas. These three stories here are great because they are engaging enough that kids will delight in reading them alone, or enjoy huddling up with someone else to share their story time. I remember getting lost in books as a kid and absolutely loving it. In fact, that's one of my favorite childhood memories. Candlewick Press offers a wide array of books for children of every age. That Christmas Story book though...that one's a pop-up. A pretty spectacular pop-up at that!
Some of the fold outs extend beyond the pages, which makes the book have an extra element of special to it. This is the kind of book I can see my family reading while gathered around the Christmas Tree. This is the kind of book that makes for wonderful memories.
The biggest challenge you'll have with this book is trying to decide whether to keep it or gift it. You'll want to do both. Age recommendation: 5-8 years.
Candlewick sells unusual books too, like this seasonal story with a twist. You would thiink it is about the boy...even after the story starts. It's not, though he is one of the story's main characters.
The colors in this book, as well as the illustrations are welcoming. The story is touching, and it has an ending to it that is conducive to conversation and the potential to teach various lessons.
It is unlke any other book I've read before. It does have a happy ending, but maybe not the one that you would expect. Recommended ages 5-8.
How to Track a Truck is an unusual story too. This one is full of quality, cheerful illustrations, and you can't help but fall in love with the little boy. I mean look at him. What a cutie patootie.
For the vehicle lovers in the family, this book is sure to be a big hit. I know my little boys loved to read about trucks, ride in them, see them, play with toy models, whatever. If it involved trucks they were all in. That means this book is a great way to incite the little ones to want to come on over and settle into your lap for a little bit of story time. Take advantage of it...they don't stay lap-sized for long. :)
I like all three of these book selections. I'm happy they have been added to our library.
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