One of my favorite Christmas songs is The Little Drummer Boy. I’m not making this up, I still choke up every time I hear it so bad that I can’t sing along with the end.
I love the idea of anyone, anywhere, being able to make a difference. It’s magic to me that we all have that inside us.
So when I came upon Mercer Mayer’s The Little Drummer Mouse, I was sold the instant I saw the cover. Then I opened it. And nearly wept at the gorgeous illustrations. The story is just what you would want it to be: The little drummer mouse is teased about his drum by all the other animals. The animals hear of a royal family coming through the forest so that a baby king may be born. They don’t recognize the family as royal and give up waiting for them, but the little drummer mouse sees a bright new star in the sky and follows it to the stable where the baby is resting. The rest is just like the song, with the baby king loving the drum more than any of his other gifts.
Le sigh. So freaking sweet.
Oh me. Oh my.
You guys know I love finding new authors for your littles’ reading pleasure. It is my favorite. And I have found you another one that is going to make you very happy. J.B. Allen writes about the animals at Elm Grove (which happens to be a real farm–how much does that rock?!) and she does it with style.
Isabella: The Cow Who Wanted to Sing is just about the most precious thing I’ve ever read. And I mean that in the best way. So when I was given the chance to get my hands on it for a Story Time, I was thrilled. Thrilled, y’all. Because this book. I can’t even.
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You know that good feeling you get when you’re just standing around at work with a group of people swapping stories? Everybody is so interesting.
Well, Uncle Rocky-Face Mask is a story about that feeling. A bunch of heroic firemen hanging out at the station talking about the cool things they’ve done in their careers? I’m in.
James Burd Brewster wins again with another incredible Glad to Do It! book. In this one, Uncle Rocky is hanging out with his co-workers and the chief tells them a story about the time he saved a blind man from a burning building. The story celebrates not only firefighters but the abilities of visually impaired people. It might well be my favorite.
As always, Brewster includes true facts about being an everyday hero, from the steps the chief takes to head out to the emergency to the face mask he shares with the blind man. Littles who love all things fireman will learn so much from this endearing tale.
Turk and Runt by Lisa Wheeler may well be the cutest Thanksgiving book ever. Turk is the best of the litter, destined for greatness, while Runt is continually ignored. The problem? Runt is the smart one. And he seems to be the only turkey on the farm who knows why people keep coming to admire Turk as Thanksgiving approaches. Mom and Dad think Turk is up for a football team or lead in a ballet (Swan Lake–hahaha). So while people are visiting the farm, Turk is showing off and trying to get chosen. If only they would all listen to Runt!
Your littles will have a blast finding out if Turk ever catches on to the danger he’s in. And I belly laughed at this book, so you’ll have fun, too.