Monday, November 9, 2009

Two Special Holiday Books Review & Giveaway

I am so pleased to bring you another great giveaway from Scholastic Books. This time, it's 2 holiday books, just in time for Christmas. These would make great gifts or additions to a classroom or home library.



Review Copy Provided by: Scholastic


About the Book: Far, far North, when the nights are longest and the stars shine brightest, Santa begins to prepare for his big night of giving. He gathers his reindeer, feeds them parsnips and berries, and polishes his bells and his sled. Then lovingly, he chooses toys for every child in the world. For Santa loves them all, and he knows what each child at heart wants most. Then, with the thrum of magic that makes reindeers fly, he spreads the Christmas joy and warmth throughout the world--as he always has -- and always will until the end of time. From best-selling author Lauren Thomas, and Caldecott Honor Artist Jon J Muth.



My Review: Really a quaint little book! Not your typical Christmas story and that's what makes it good. Jon Muth paints Santa in a different way than I've seen him depicted before. Not the typical red and white suit, but a blue and white one as well, and it looks victorianesque. The story takes the reader with Santa as he prepares for Christmas. How does he prepare? You will have to read it and find out. What is the Christmas magic? Well, I'm not giving it away but saying that it doesn't really tell you; it leaves it up to the imagination. As an educator, I could see teachers using this as a springboard for writing. The students could write their interpretation of what the Christmas magic is. There's also some vocabulary in this book that children may be unfamiliar with, so teaching can occur there as well.

The illustrations are muted, using watercolors and pastels. That only adds to the antique, victorian look and fell of this book. It is one that I will be adding to my collection of holiday stories and reading year after year.



Author: E.T.A. Hoffman
Review Copy Provided by: Scholastic

About the Book: On Christmas Eve, Godfather Drosselmeier has arrived with gifts of marvel and enchantment for his young godchildren. Goddaughter Marie falls in love a bewitching nutcracker doll and claims him as her own. Yet when the clock strikes midnight, something terribly amazing happens to Godfather’s handcrafted toys…they come alive. Marie is swept off her feet on an incredible journey with the Nutcracker in this astonishing classic story by E.T.A. Hoffman. Critically acclaimed artist Gail de Marcken’s stunning illustrations bring this spellbinding tale to life.

My Review: Beautiful book! This is the original Nutcracker story that I'm sure many of you are familiar with. I was, through the ballet, but had never read the original story. It is a good one! It is rather long for a children's book, but one that is worth sharing. I am a firm believer in reading the original stories to children so that they know where other renditions came from.

The illustrations in this book are just gorgeous! Sure to be looked at again and again as a coffee table book during the holiday season. It would be beautiful under a tree as a gift; wrapping paper not needed. Watercolor and ink works were used to create these beautiful, vivid pictures. Children will enjoy looking at them as you share the story.


The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

The Christmas Magic
HOLIDAY BOOK RELEASES FROM SCHOLASTIC
ONLINE PRIZE PACK GIVEAWAY



Two (2) winners will receive both copies:
  • The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
  • The Christmas Magic

Just leave a comment on this post for your entry. To earn extra entries, spread the word about this contest and let me know about it by posting the link in the comments. Don't forget to leave your email address so I can contact you should you win.

Contest runs from today through Monday, Nov. 23rd. Open to US/Canada residents only.




59 comments:

Nancye said...

Wow! I get to be the first commenter. Cool! Theses books look great! Thanks for the chance!

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Miss Remmers said...

These look some awesome reads! Thanks for the chance!

Miss Remmers

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Jessica Kennedy said...

Adorable books!

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Anonymous said...

I would love to win these books for
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GMR said...

Oh how I love the holiday season! Not only do you get the wonderful spirit that comes even stronger at this time of year, but all the fabulous themed books that emerge as well. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of these! The reviews definitely make them sounds magical.

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bermudaonion said...

I'd love to be entered for these books since I love holiday books!

Sheila said...

Please enter me for this giveaway. My daughter would love these books!
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Dave and Tami said...

These would be great for reading to grandkids. Thanks for the opportunity.

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Ms. Lucy said...

I would love this for my Sophia! Please enter me:)
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Thanks!

SandyM204 said...

Please enter me for this giveaway. My granddaughter would love these books!
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edmontonjb said...

These books look beautiful. I would love to read them with my boys
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Irene Yeates said...

I know a three-year boy who would love these. He has a brand-new baby brother, and is trying his best...

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Katy said...

How fun! My kids would love these books!

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FOKXXY said...

I would love to be entered please.

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Would make great Christmas gifts!

Karen in TN said...

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pippirose said...

What gorgeous illustrations. The books look fantastic.
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ReadingTub said...

Wow! I had to click over from the reader when I saw that cover! These look wonderful, and I love the idea of not-your-usual Christmas story. Thanks Shelly!

ReadingTub said...

Wow! I had to click over from the reader when I saw that cover! These look wonderful, and I love the idea of not-your-usual Christmas story. Thanks Shelly!

Betty said...

Nice website. These books sound great. I've started my holiday reading with a humerous satire called "Cancel Christmas" by Rocco Leonard Martino. It's an engaging story of what greed can lead you to do. I'm enjoying the the fast paced wheeling-n-dealing between government officials and big business. It's quite funny!

holdenj said...

Both of these look wonderful and the illustrations are marvelous. Thanks for the chance to win!
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Katie said...

Shelly, I'd love to win this package!

Danielle said...

I love these books! I've actually already added them to my kids' wishlists. So, this would be great to win! Thanks for the chance and sign me up.
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Marilu said...

These books look great. I would love to win them to share with my children. Please enter me. Thank you
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Vicki said...

What a great giveaway!!

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Pam said...

I love Christmas books. They just bring back lovely childhood memories and make me all warm and fuzzy inside.

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Wanda said...

I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.
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3carnations said...

I would love to add these to our Christmas library. :-)

Pam said...

Oh I LOVE Muth! These both look great.

Megan said...

I love Christmas books!

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vvb32 reads said...

nice xmas treat. thanks for the giveaway offer.
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Anonymous said...

I've been enjoying your blog! Please enter me in the contest! My family would love the books!
~Bookmom

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MJ said...

I'd love these.

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Colleen said...

These looks great...I love having lots of holiday books to read to my kids.

Beth (BBRB) said...

These look lovely! Please enter me!

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Nicole said...

My daughter loves Christmas books.
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Aimie said...

What a lovely give away! I would love to win!!

Please enter me!! I would love to share these with my munchkins!!

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Gwendolyn B. said...

Ohhh, I'm really wanting these -- I've got a thing for Santas dressed in blue! Thanks for the chance.

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Gwendolyn B. said...

Blogged about this giveaway here: http://aseaofbooks.blogspot.com/2009/11/giveaways.html

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Charleydog said...

I love Christmas books.
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Kerry said...

I'd love a chance to win! kerrybu AT gmail DOT com

Sue said...

Thanks for the giveaway. These look great.

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Stacie said...

Please count me in.

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Jemima said...

These two books look lovely for Christmas time. My two daughters would love them.

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Dolphin Girl said...

I would love to win these for my kids.

Melissa Burmester said...

I love xmas books


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Winning Readings said...

Would love to win these for my daughter!

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Winning Readings said...

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wmmahaney said...

These look beautiful. I know my kids would love them.
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betsy said...

The Christma Magic looks like a wonderful book.

plb8156 said...

These books look great. Thanks for the chance.
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librarypat said...

What lovely books. The Christmas Magic would be nice for my story times. Scholastic does a good job of getting more kids reading, by making affordable books available to them.
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Belinda M said...

Please include me in your giveaway


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Deb K said...

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Anonymous said...

My granddaughter would love both of these books—thanks for having this great giveaway! Happy holidays to you and all my fellow book-lovers!

Sheila
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Wickdogg said...

I would love to win this for my son who is soon to be born..thanks for the chance.

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