Synopses & Reviews
How does Santa know how to match the exact right toy with the exact right kid every December?and#12288; He knows because he's the world's number one kid and toy and gift expert, and he works long, long hours the whole year through, taking notes, compiling his research, thinking and testing and changing his mind. Then, at last, he gets it all figured out, and on Christmas morning, he makes magic happen. With delicious humorous moments and a warm, unexpected ending, this book is truly a Christmas treat. And now, in the Send-A-Story format, it's ready to be mailed off to your favorite believer.
"This appealing story, told in the spirit of Tomie dePaola's Strega Nona (S and S, 1975), is perfect to share with a large group." School Library Journal
"A story that combines elements of familiar folktales and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." Sadie and her four brothers are not looking forward to Chanukah; they are poor, and there is nothing to eat. Sadie goes out to collect firewood but takes pity on an old woman and gives her the wood. In return, the woman gives Sadie a magic frying pan. It will cook as many potato latkes (pancakes) as the family wants until Sadie utters the magic words that make it stop. The pan works fine while Sophie cooks, but when she leaves, the boys try--with predictable results. Latkes fill the house, then the streets, until Sadie arrives home to say the magic words. By that time, there are more than enough latkes for the whole village to feast. Howland effectively sets her story in a Russian shtetl, using words, intonation, and especially pictures. Working in gouache and colored pencil, she offers a snowy landscape peopled with Jewish villagers who work hard and celebrate harder. Especially nice is the overview of the villagers on the last night of Chanukah, men and women whirling under the stars eating all those latkes." --Booklist, ALA
"The pictures hold countless surprises. Indisputably, this is a work of wonder that deserves highest honors." Publishers Weekly
After Taffy goes away, Annie finds the winter long and lonely without her cat. Annie meets all the animals in the wood, but none make her happy the way Taffy did. Lucky for Annie, her fluffy friend has a big surprise for her when winter ends! Now, in the Send-A-Story format, this wintry book is the perfect mailable gift for celebrating friendship all season long."The pictures hold countless surprises. Indisputably, this is a work of wonder that deserves highest honors." Publishers Weekly
Not since Elizabeth Barrett asked Robert Browning, "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways," has there burst upon the waiting world such a glorious and heartfelt catalogue as this. This book's adorable black and white illustrations accompany descriptive text that perfectly expresses the true meaning of friendship. Now in the Send-A-Story format, the delightful sentiments in I Like You can be shared far and wide--wherever your friends are!
Everyone knows the famous words: "'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house..." Clement Moore's poem was written in 1822 and has been a holiday classic ever since. This edition, with gorgeous illustrations by Jessie Wilcox Smith, was first published in 1912 and is considered by many to be the definitive version of the story.and#160;
Now available as a mailable Send-A-Story, it is a beautiful and timeless gift for loved ones near and far.
Sadie and her four little brothers are very poor and always hungry. On the first night of Chanukah, Sadie performs a generous act, and in turn receives a frying pan that cooks up sizzling hot, golden latkes on command. Sadie tells her brothers never to use the magic pan, but when she goes out one afternoon, the mischievous boys can't resist. They remember the words to start the pan cooking . . . but what were the words to make it stop? This humorous tale of generosity and greed is accompanied by bright, cheerful illustrations depicting a traditional Russian village. An author's note and a recipe for Sadie's latkes are included.
Here is the book that Romeo would have given Juliet, Charlie Brown would have given Snoopy, and you can give to some very special friend. This special book expresses the true meaning of friendship in a long list of ways with charming accompanying illustrations
From celebrated picture book creator Marla Frazee, here is a playful glimpse into the life of Santa Claus.
This story of Chanukah generosity and the mischievousness of little brothers is a funny and
beautiful celebration of the Festival of Lights. An author's note and a recipe for Sadie's latkes are included.
Now, in the Send-A-Story format, this book is one gift that's sure to be a hit every night of Chanukah!A tiny, mailable version complete with addressable flaps and seals.Why send a card when you can Send-A-Story?
'Twas the Night Before Christmas has been in print for more than eighty years, and this version of the beloved poem with classic illustrations has become as much a part of Christmas as Santa Claus.
Clement Mooreand#8217;s poem was written in 1822 and has been a holiday classic ever since. This edition, with gorgeous illustrations by Jessie Wilcox Smith, was first published in 1912 and is considered by many to be the definitive version of the story.
Now, in the Send-A-Story format,and#160;this tiny, mailable version complete with addressable flaps and seals is the perfect Christmas treat for loved ones near and far. Why send a card when you can Send-A-Story?
About the Author
Clement Clarke Moore (July 15, 1779 - July 10, 1863) was a writer and professor and is credited with writing "A Visit from St. Nicholas" for his children. Originally published anonymously on December 23rd, 1823, the poem that would come to be known as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," was responsible for the creation of the Santa Claus myth as it is known in the United States and much ofandnbsp;the English-speaking world.andnbsp;
Jessie Wilcox Smith (September 6, 1863 - May 3, 1935) was a prolific illustrator of magazines and children's books. She was a frequent contributor to Ladies Home Journal.
A student of Howard Pyle, some of her best-known work for children includes Charles Kingsley's The Water Babies.