Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Book Review - The House That Santa Built
About the Book
Dianne de Las Casas and Holly Stone-Barker do it again in this delightful Christmas version of the classic The House That Jack Built. Everyone is welcome in the house that Santa has built—with a little help from de Las Casas and Stone-Barker! Layers of cut-paper snow blanket the pages of this jolly holiday tale. Join the merry collage of characters as they dance across Santa’s front yard, behind ornament-filled trees, around colorfully wrapped presents, and beside Santa’s bright house. de Las Casas’ uses engaging onomatopoeia as she introduces each character,, from the girl’s kiss (smooch! smooch!) to the elf’s laugh (hee, hee), that will have every child singing along! Holly Stone-Barker’s intricate cut-paper illustrations accompany the text for a holiday experience that is sure to become an instant family classic.
My Take on the Book
When I read this book I immediately thought of all the motions, verbal noise, and definitely fun that children could enjoy. Whether it is a family situation with parents reading and the children responding with the proper verbalizations and actions, or a classroom of children who each have a part during the reading. What fun!
Once you read this story and use it with your children, you will notice the author has written similar books. If you enjoy this interactive story, I encourage you to locate Diane de Las Casas other creative books.
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