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Friday, 16 December 2011
We are reading a holiday book a day in December, scroll down to find our reads so far!

Day 14 brought us The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett.
This book was new to us last Christmas, and what a wonderful book!

The story is about Teeka, a girl put in charge of preparing Santa's reindeer for Christmas Eve.
Teeka is determined to do a good job and sets out with a heavy hand and loud voice...
to which the reindeer do not respond well!
Once disaster strikes, she realizes that she needs to be more gentle and work WITH the deer.
A great lesson for all of us, especially, I think, us parents!

The story is gentle, humourous and kind.
The illustrations are incredibly rich and detailed, revealing new beauty with each read.
Rowan especially enjoys the sidebar illustrations, one for each day of December, picturing the elves preparing all the Christmas toys and goodies.

I have to admit that this is the only Jan Brett story we own (how did that happen?!), but we will have to add some more to our collection.   I also found it interesting that a quick search for this book online yields many lesson plans and activities for kids!

What Jan Brett titles would you suggest?♥♥

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