I'd definitely be buying Eric Littwin's newest, PETE THE CAT SAVES CHRISTMAS, for the primary grade readers in my life. A take off on Clement Clark Moore's TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, it's a little more text than most of the other Pete books, but it's still lots of fun.
Twas the day before Christmas and Santa was illOur good friend Pete, in a red minibus which is eventually pulled by reindeer, steps in to save the day.
In the cold winter wind he had caught a bad chill.
"I'll do it," said Pete.
"And although I am small,
at Christmas we give,
so I'll give it my all."
And then one of Littwin's famous repeated refrains
"Give it your all, give it your all,
At Christmas we give, so I'll give it my all…"This PETE THE CATE would also be a great gift for anyone who collects different versions of 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS.
TOGETHER AT CHRISTMAS, by Eileen Spinelli, is a counting book. Ten little mice are huddled together in the snow on Christmas Eve. One by one, each mouse finds a warmer place to sleep. But…
Though every mouse is snug aloneAnd so all of the little mice come back together to celebrate Christmas.
on feather bed, in nest, by stone--
somehow it doesn't feel quite right
to be without one's friends this night.
I'd buy this book for Bin Lee's beautiful illustrations. I think kids are going to love them.
IT'S CHRISTMAS by Jack Prelutsky, is not a new book, I think it was first published about twenty years ago. It's been reissued, however, as part of the "I Can Read!" series, with new full color illustrations. First and second graders love the "I Can Read" series- there's enough text and content to make the books interesting, but there is not so much text that they are intimidating. IT'S CHRISTMAS is twelve rhyming poems about various Christmas traditions-- mailing cards, standing under the mistletoe, writing a list for Santa, getting a sled when there is no snow, etc. And there's just enough naughty- Auntie Flo who gives underwear for Christmas, and a puppy who piddles, to grab the attention of kids who are not totally sold on reading yet.