Apple Sauce and the Christmas Miracle

Today we read our last Stephen Michael King book for the year.  We have loved getting to know the work of this very talented author/illustrator and will continue to look out for his books in the future.

Glenda Millard actually wrote Applesauce and the Christmas Miracle and Stephen accompanied her text with his trademark water colour pictures.  It is a beautiful story that teaches us that Christmas isn’t just about fancy dinners and presents but more about family, community and the people we love.  It reminds us that ‘Christmas comes from the heart’.

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Making our own special trees…

This weeks activity reminded us all of decorating a Christmas tree…

We used colourful buttons and shiny sequins to make it ‘SPARKLE’

Here’s just a few of our beautiful trees…

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A Bear and a Tree

From this much-admired children’s book creator, Stephen Michael King, comes a story of friendship and change, and of how precious time can be when we share it with those we love…

A bear and a tree is an absolutely perfect picture book.  It’s one for grandparents, parents and children to read. It’s full of beautiful quotes and brilliant illustrations.

Ren knows that it’s almost time for Bear’s big sleep, but she needs just one more day with him. One day to explore the winter together – the last of the coloured leaves, the snow as it floats and swirls to the ground, the sun and the moon and the stars ****

Bear had a gift for making everything better.”

 

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Piglet and Mama

In the tradition of the children’s classic “Are You My Mother?”, this heart warming story by Margaret Wild speaks to every child who has ever been lost.  It is beautifully illustrated by Stephen Michael King and is perfect for a bedtime story…

Poor Piglet has lost her Mama! All the other mother animals offer help, the duck with a cuddle, the sheep with a daisy chain, the dog with a roll in the mud, but nothing will do for Piglet but to find her Mama. OIIIIIINK! she cries finally in despair, and OIIIIIINK! There you are! cries her Mama. Reunited, they cuddle, make a daisy chain, roll in the mud, all the things the other mothers offered, but now, with her Mama, Piglet laughs and joins in!

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It’s raining, it’s pouring…

The front cover for Henry and Amy was the inspiration for our activity this week.  We made umbrellas using patty pans and pipe cleaners.  Henry and Amy would be very impressed…

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Henry and Amy

Henry always felt out of step with the world around him.  When everyone looked up, he looked down.  If he thought it was going to be a sunny day, it usually rained.  Amy could do everything right, she never tied her shoelaces together, or forgot her umbrella.  Amy showed Henry everything she knew, but deep down she wished she didn’t always have to be so perfect.  So Henry showed Amy how to dress funny and roll down the hills sideways.  Together, they could be serious or silly, right-way-round or upside down.  As long as they were together they could do anything!

This story reminded us of a couple of other books we have read in the library – The Pros and Cons of Being a Frog and Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley.  All of these stories illustrate perfectly the importance and value of friendship no matter how different you are…

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The Man Who Loved Boxes…

Once there was a man.  The man had a son.  The son loved the man and the man loved boxes.

The man loves his son deeply, but has trouble telling him. Instead he makes wonderful things for his son from boxes – an airplane, a big castle, a go-cart built for two. This heartwarming story shows the strength of parental love and that it can be communicated in many ways.

 

The grade ones were totally engaged with this story. They loved all the different box creations the man produced and thought it would be wonderful to have such a creative Dad. It was a terrific book for reminding us that love is so much more than those three little words.

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Creating ‘SOMETHING’ out of NOTHING…

In the book Milli, Jack and the Dancing Cat, Milli becomes brave enough to show her true creative nature. The story encouraged us to be our best creative selves and inspired us to make something out of the bits and bobs we had in our storeroom.  We put our imaginations to work and came up with some wonderful creations.  Here is a sample for you to look at…

 

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