Monday, December 5, 2011

The Christmas Giant, by Steve Light

The Christmas Giant
Written and Illustrated by Steve Light
Candlewick Press


The Christmas Giant is a warm and fuzzy treasure.  Humphrey the giant and Leetree, his little elf companion are given the task to grow and deliver a tree to Santatown.  Steve Light captures the friendship, love and tenderness of this special Christmas story through his endearing illustrations and accompanying text. Sometimes allowing his pictures to tell the story, children, especially emergent readers will love this memorable story.  With a clever plan, the Giant and Leetree solve a difficult problem that leads to a spectacular ending. I plan to read this one to my kindergarten students this week and will let you know their reactions.  The illustrations are beautifully detailed using pen and ink with soft pastels. The reader will no doubt notice new things each time they read the story. Librarians, media specialists and teachers will want this one in their classroom collections. Themes of friendship and problem solving make this outstanding.

I read this book to the delight of my Kindergarten classes this week during Media Class time.
They fell in love with Leetree and Humphrey. The students really understood the friendship and sharing toward a common purpose that lifts off the pages. They couldn't wait to see what was in the box the two delivered to Santa. Thank you to Steve Light from all the kindergarteners at my elementary school.

I was sent a hardcover signed copy of this book as a gift from the author.  I want to thank Steve Light for this surprise gift won in a raffle. My review is my unbiased and honest opinion of this picture book.

© [Wisteria Leigh] and [Bookworm's Dinner], [2008-2011].

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