Presents Through the Window: A Taro Gomi Christmas Book ハードカバー – 2016/9/20
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Pink suit. Moustache. Helicopter. This may not be your ordinary Santa, but it's still a daunting Christmas Eve challenge! There are so many presents to deliver, and so little time. It's a good thing Santa has a plan. He'll just peek into every window and toss in a gift. Done! The trouble is, Santa is moving much too quickly to see who really lives in each house. With interactive cut-outs throughout, readers will delight in following Santa's lightning-speed Christmas antics as they discover the true (and hilarious) identities of the gifts' recipients! From the beloved and bestselling Taro Gomi, here is Christmas cheer for all!
"It's a winner."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Wittily placed die-cuts."-The Horn Book Magazine
"Perfect for sharing and will bring a smile to young readers."-School Library Journal
"Laughs on every page."-Publishers Weekly, starred review
PRESENTS THROUGH THE WINDOW is written at the First Grade reading level. (Middle of the year). There are 150 words in a medium sized font. The art is fantastic and we read it in May and enjoyed it, so it should make a fabulous addition to holiday reading.
**I should note that adults can be fans of this book too.
The story begins with Santa landing in a community. He pops out of his helicopter with a bag of gifts and this is where the fun starts because Santa cuts corners and instead of popping down the chimney/or through the door, he takes a quick look through the window, jumping to a hasty conclusion as to who is inside.
Cut-out windows in the pages help readers to see what Santa sees. And when you turn the page you can see exactly what led Santa astray. In one case, for example, Santa thinks he sees the teeth of a crocodile, when in fact it's the white ears of multiple bunnies.
Potential disaster and sadness looms as Santa leaves gifts that might not be right, and in one case, no gift at all! But in the end, it all works out --of course.
PRESENTS THROUGH THE WINDOW is actually a book with some lessons tucked inside. Besides the hilarity kids can learn that it's best not to cut corners or to jump to conclusions.
Recommend for school and home shelves.
Santa could see through the window that a little kitten lived in the next house. Ah, but what better gift for a kitten than some “pretty bows?” Kittens certainly love bows, but there was no kitten in that bed … it was none other than a piggy in his kitten pjs. Hurry, hurry, hurry! Through the window of the next house Santa could see some black and white stripes. “A zebra definitely lives here,” he said to himself. Surely a zebra would love to have a striped scarf, but there was no zebra in that bed. There were three long-necked birdies sitting side by side on that bed. Hurry, hurry, hurry! There was a lot of work to be done and lots of houses to visit on Christmas Eve, but would there be lots of disappointed critters on Christmas morning?
This is a charming, humorous tale of the Santa Claus and mistaken identity little children will love. Of course Santa is in a hurry, hurry, hurry, and not is all that it seems. In his rush to deliver the perfect present to each critter, a simple glance though the window just isn't enough. A cutout window on a page shows only part of the picture, but when the page is turned we see something else altogether. Santa’s rush to deliver those presents is a fun, humorous one that little ones will enjoy. Can you guess what a animal is really on the next page? This is a fun, interactive book that would be great fun to read during circle or storytime (or any time). The whimsical artwork, the humorous storyline, and that quirky Santa makes this tale a winner!
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This book courtesy of the publisher.