Here Comes Santa Claus (Hardcover), by Bruce Whatley (Illustrations). The lyrics to Here Comes Santa Clause (by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman) fill the pages of this beautifully illustrated modern Christmas classic. We scored a $3 copy at the library's sale section. The illustrations tell a story of their own; a puppy accompanies Santa in the first part of the book, and as we encounter a small family and their little boy, we see that he has left a note for Santa. "Dear Santa, I know I already asked for a real genuine cowboy hat but what I really want for Christmas is a puppy." You can imagine the rest. I'm a sucker for these books in which the only text is the lyrics to a popular song. Maybe I just like the freedom to be able to break into song in the middle of a session of reading.
"Here comes Santa Claus! Here comes Santa Claus! Right down Santa Claus Lane! He's got a bag that is filled with toys for the boys and girls again."
Bookworm's interest at 2 years, 1 month: He enjoys it very much. He LOVES Christmas carols, and hadn't really heard this one, so it was fun to teach him a new one.
Parent's Peeve: Not a peeve (afterall, my favorite Christmas carols are Away in a Manger, Silent Night, and Oh Holy Night), but I profess I hadn't realized how religious the song was until I read through to the end. "Peace on Earth will come to all if we just follow the light. / Let's give thanks to the Lord above, 'Cause Santa Claus comes tonight!"
EyeLike Nature: Snow (Board book), by Play Bac. This is a really cute board book about playing in the snow. It would be perfect for an infant, up to at least my son's current age (2). It is filled with photographs of toddlers engaging in various forms of wintery fun. Short, bold text describes the scenes.
"Snow is for making tracks. / and angels. / Snow is for digging, / and snow is for shoveling."
Bookworm's interest at 2 years, 1 month: He loved it, making me read it multiple times at the library and again at home.
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