Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Three Great Holiday Books from Candlewick Press to Count Down to Christmas with Your Family (Review)

Disclosure:   I was sent review copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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Now, don't go and stress out, there is still enough time to get everything done, with time to enjoy holiday movies with your family, and share fun books at bedtime with your kids.  Are you doing a book advent this Christmas?  I started doing a book advent with my girls a few years ago, and they look forward to this every year, and it makes counting down to Santa's arrival that much more fun.

We start our countdown on Dec. 1st and unwrap a book chosen by myself or my girls each night leading up to Christmas Eve.  This year, we are going to be including the following new releases from Candlewick Press, a children's publishing group based out of Massachusetts, that my girls and I love!

Here is more about these three books we have chosen to wrap and read again this holiday season.  If you are looking to start a new holiday tradition with your family, then why not pick up these books and start your own book advent. Your kids will look forward to bedtime, as they get to unwrap a book and enjoy quality time with you, snuggling up on the couch or in bed, as you read these cute books that will get you all into the holiday spirit.

About the Book:

"In a magical tale bearing all the hallmarks of a classic, a homeless boy’s adopting of a spindly Christmas tree sparks a glimmer of hope that has far-reaching effects. Delia Huddy’s text captures an unexpected moment of happiness that brings a whole city together, while beautiful illustrations by Emily Sutton carry the tale full circle, rewarding observant readers with a satisfying and uplifting ending.

A deeply affecting Christmas tale spreads the true holiday spirit in a new edition offering a pop-up version of its most heartwarming scene."

My Thoughts:

This is a truly enchanting holiday story. Not only are the illustrations breathtaking to look at it, and bring the story to life, but the heartfelt story about a little homeless boy saving a puny tree that was going to be thrown out.  He takes it to where he stays down near the railway bridge.  As he walks home, he picks up a cardboard box to put it, as well other supplies for his tree.  This is a great story to read to your family as a reminder about the true meaning of the holidays, and how it is better to give than receive, as well as share how the holidays bring people from all walks of life together.

About the Book:

"One white and snowy night, a little Christmas tree stands alone in the forest. Everything is white and lifeless. As the night goes on, there are signs of life: an orange fox, a red-breasted robin, a cloud of fireflies. By the end of the book, the little Christmas tree is transformed by nature. Another glorious lift-the-flap exploration of nature in the same series as Little Tree and Little Honeybee."

My Thoughts:

This was a favorite of my youngest daughter, who is all about nature, and loves lift-the-flap books.  The story is about a tree waking up in the forest, as the snow falls all around it, blanketing everything.  Kids will have fun lifting the flaps -- usually 3-4 flaps per two page spread, to reveal woodland friends and things that can be found in nature.  The very last page has the tree in all its glory, glistening with silver foil that really makes the tree look lifelike, and gets you excited about the first snowfall, when the trees and grass outside your window are covered in a fresh blanket of snow.

About this Book:

"A plucky robin, lost and alone, sets out on an epic journey, guided only by a call in his heart saying “come home!” He wills his wings to beat faster, lifting him over great mountains and dark forests, through blinding blizzards and rolling fog, across the wide, wild sea. Can he find his way back to his family in time for Christmas? Combined with Kerry Hyndman’s striking illustrations of the red-breasted bird against a sweeping, snowy terrain, Michael Morpurgo’s poetic narrative will stir any reader who has ever yearned to reunite with loved ones or welcome them home.

Longing carries a lone robin home for Christmas in a tender, universal tale that will resonate with families anticipating a joyful holiday reunion."

My Thoughts:

This was a favorite of both of my girls, and they got a kick out of it partly because it was about trying to find his way home.  My name is Robin, so they kept saying it was about me trying to get home. :-)  This book is perfect to share with kids, if they have family/friends making the long journey home this holiday season.  In this book, the Robin is lost and alone and then gets injured.  Kids will want to turn the pages of this book to see if the bird ever makes it back home, and to see who is there waiting for him.  You can't help but smile when you read this book. And, the illustrations really do bring the story to life, and make you want to read it time and again with your kids.


These are just a few of the wonderful new holiday releases from Candlewick Press available now.  And, don't forget to check out previous released titles, as they are worth picking up to share with your family this holiday season, and for many more years to come.  We love Candlewick Press, and many of our book advent books this Christmas are from this children's publisher. To learn more about this publisher and check out these assortment of books for kids of all ages, head on over to http://www.candlewick.com today.

Disclosure:   I was sent review copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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