Festive Tales for Independent Readers
Christmas cheer has disappeared! Rachel and Kirsty are staying at a cozy cabin in the woods for Christmas. But everything is going wrong. Even their Christmas tree is missing! The girls think they know who's causing all the holiday trouble, and they're right!
Snowflakes are in the air, and winter is here at last! Poppleton makes a new friend, sculpts a bust of Cherry Sue, and gets a wintry birthday surprise in these three witty, beautifully illustrated stories.
Seven-year-old Buddy inaugurates the Christmas season by crying out to his cousin, Miss Sook Falk: "It's fruitcake weather!" Thus begins an unforgettable portrait of an odd but enduring friendship between two innocent souls. Buddy and his eccentric elderly cousin set out on a crisp day in November
Hanukkah is fast approaching in the village of Chelm, but the Rabbi is away. Unfortunately, not one of the villagers remembers how Hanukkah is supposed to be celebrated. So they send Yossel, a simple young man, to the neighboring village to learn what he can.
Charlie's school is holding a Kwanzaa Festival, and he doesn't want any part of it. Last year, he became the class clown. He was chosen to stand in front of the entire class wearing a dashiki, beads, and sandals — in the middle of winter! This year, he just wants things to be normal.
Twelve-year-old Sam Goodman knows the holidays are going to be difficult when his dog knocks over the Hanukkah bush/Christmas tree. His Jewish father and Christian mother have never quite figured out how to celebrate both holidays, and when the tree goes down, their resentments, simmering for so long, boil over.
Go "time traveling" without leaving the classroom with this fun activity.