This week we enjoyed more holiday stories (and some songs!) and everyone in grades PreK 3 through Grade 2 watched an unusual retelling of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, by Dr. Seuss. Check it out here:
Dream Snow, by Eric Carle
A farmer dreams that he and his farm animals (named One, Two, Three, Four, and Five) are covered with a white blanket of snow. The snow is shown as a clear paged overlay. When he wakes up, he realizes it's been a dream. The magical mood of the rhythmic language is accentuated by silvery tones that come from a button we press at the end.
Frosty the Snowman, by Walter Rollins, illustrated by Brad Davies
We read and sing the song about Frosty the snowman, who magically comes to life one day and plays with all of the children who created him. We talk about coal, corn cob pipes, and the reason Frosty has to hurry on his way (to escape the sun!)
I Have a Little Dreidel, by Maxie Baum
This story tells about the traditions of Hanukah: making latkes, playing the dreidel game, and lighting the candles. The song is written in the back in case the first verse is less familiar than the famous "Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel..." chorus.