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Read Aloud Thursday & a Giveaway!

Have you guys given up on me yet?  Life is continuing here just as it usually does, only with the addition of one thing (nausea) and the lack of one thing (motivation).  Seriously, all I get done most days is schooling the girls, fixing their meals, and maybe a teensy bit of housework.  That’s it. 

But I have better things to discuss than my excuses for being a bad blogger.  🙂  Books!  🙂  And a give away!  (We’ll get to that in a bit.)

We’ve been continuing on with our annual tradition of unwrapping a Christmas book (almost) each day, and the girls continue to be excited about it.  That makes it worthwhile and oh-so-much-fun for me!  Some of our books are series titles or I-picked-this-up-at-Wal-Mart-because-it- looked-cute–that sort of thing.  However, some of them are worth mentioning, so I will.  🙂

Santa Mouse by Michael Brown is a simple rhyming tale with lots of appeal.  It’s the story of a lonely little mouse who has an original thought:  that no one gives a gift to Santa Claus!  (Actually, maybe it’s not so original, since Arthur had the same idea in Arthur’s Christmas , our book of the day.)  The little mouse decides to remedy this situation, and appropriately, Santa Claus shows his appreciation by taking on the little mouse as his mascot and dubbing him “Santa Mouse.”  First published in 1966, this book has very old-timey looking illustrations by Elfrieda A. De Witt.  If you’re in the market for a fun but touching story that focuses on giving, this one does just that. 

This next book is not one that ever actually made it to be wrapped up for opening this Christmas.  I first read about it on Janet’s blog and Heidi’s blog and scurried away to order it, a few days late to include it in the holiday tradition.  (I got it here because it was out of stock other places.) Like Janet, I went on Geraldine McCaughrean’s record (my thoughts on a couple of her YA novels here and here) and assumed that The Jesse Tree would be one I wouldn’t regret.  Although I can’t yet speak for the whole book, so far it hasn’t disappointed me.  We’re actually using it as a daily read-aloud, and along with these coloring sheets, we’re making ornaments for our own Jesse tree this year.  I’m trying NOT to stress about it, especially when we miss a day (i.e. weekends, etc.).  Last year we made an attempt at a Jesse tree but didn’t get very far.  I think reading The Jesse Tree might just be what keeps us more on target this year.  I’ll try to update next week on how things are going with our little tree.  🙂

And now, the giveaway!  Can you believe it has been one year since Read Aloud Thursday first appeared here at Hope Is the Word?  I can’t!  I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing our read-alouds, and I’ve enjoyed even more getting know a few of you who also share here.  I couldn’t let this anniversary pass by without something to commemorate it, and what better than a book to do this?  I came across a copy of one of our favorite anthologies back a few months ago, and I snatched it right up!  It is a used book and so is a little rough around the edges, but that just means it has been loved, right?  🙂 9780060080945

So, what do you have to do for a chance to win this awesome book? 

  1. Leave a comment and tell us the title of your favorite Christmas book.
  2. For a second entry, simply compile and post your own Read Aloud Thursday post and link it here.  Be sure to leave another comment if you do this! 

This giveaway will be open until 8 p.m. CST on Wednesday, December 16.  I will post the winner next Read Aloud Thursday.

So what are you waiting for?  Link up your post by clicking on the MckLinky link below.  🙂

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Have a terrific Read Aloud Thursday!


13 Responses

  1. Happy anniversary!

    I’m glad you got The Jesse Tree. We’re enjoying the stories, though the old man’s crankiness is bugging me.

    I’ll have to check out those coloring pages. Back in a minute with my link.

  2. Okay, back again with my link to a post on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Fir Tree:


    The McLinky won’t let me enter it up there…

    Count me in for the giveaway!

    I do hope you feel a resurgence of energy soon. Christmas is such a meaningful time to be expecting (or have a newborn — my youngest was born in early December). I’m glad you’re taking opportunities to just *be* these days.

  3. Every year I think of wrapping my books up for the girls and always remember a few days after the start of December. Maybe next year. 🙂 I’m not sure I’ll get time to do a read-aloud post today … or pick a favorite Christmas book! 🙂 I’m going to go with The Night Before Christmas because it’s a childhood favorite. 🙂 If you asked my N2, she would pick The Grinch and if you asked N1, she “might” pick The Nutcracker because we are reading through it right now, but who knows? 🙂

  4. Oops, I forgot our favorite Christmas book!

    It sounds cheesy, but: Luke 2. I just asked the girls, “What’s our favorite Christmas story?” and my youngest answered, “Baby Jesus.” So there you have it.

  5. […] aloud Thursday This is my first  time participating in Read Aloud Thursday.    During this Advent season we’ve been doing even more reading […]

  6. No, Amy. It is NOT Thursday. I know this because yesterday I was thinking, “I know JUST what I’m going to do for Read Aloud Thursday and I’ll do it tomorrow.” Meaning that today is Wednesday and I have all day to get my post up. HORRORS when I opened up Google Reader and here you are! So…I will write my post up quickly! =D Because NO I’m not giving up on you. And NO I can’t believe it’s been a year!!!

    Happy Anniversary and my post is being written…..now….

  7. Our latest favorite Christmas book is Thomas Kinkade’s Away in the Manager. My daughter is trying to memorize the song and the illustrations have been helpful and are gorgeous.

  8. We’re preparing for the new Disney princess movie release and read the books said to have inspired the movie. Our read-a-loud Thursday post:

    • Hi Carrie,

      I enjoyed your post, but for some reason I can’t comment over at your blog. (I don’t seem to have a global id.) I’m amazed that your little one so enjoys that Narnia book! I’m going to look for it.

  9. I see my link ended up here anyway – this is my first time participating and I hope to continue in the future.

  10. Aw, I missed it again. :::sigh::: I refuse to give up, though.

    Happy anniversary! Hang in there with the nausea addition and the lack of motivation. Those are some of the most challenging days of motherhood.

    Thanks for highlighting the book Santa Mouse. It brought to mind lots of old memories of my former “first love” and his best friend who dubbed themselves “Santa Moose” and “Santa Mouse,” respectively, and both delivered their Christmas presents by placing the gift on the recipient’s front porch, ringing the doorbell, and running away to watch the reaction from a safe and hidden distance. I think this practice was based on this book.

    I’d love to be entered in the give-away. I’m never very good at labeling only one favorite, but these books would definitely be in the running: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Barbara Robinson), A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Dylan Thomas) , and The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey (Susan Wojciechowski).

  11. […] one more little bit of business to take care of this Read Aloud Thursday!  A giveaway–from last week’s Read Aloud Thursday anniversary post!  Someone is going to have a great little  big anthology coming to her door. . . […]

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