Auntie Claus captures the magic of Christmas in New York City. The illustrations are as if a window display at Macy’s came to life! My favorite line in the book is: “Red is the new black!” You’ll especially love this story if you have ever been to New York City.
Here’s a description of the book from Amazon: Sophie Kringle had always dreamed of being the Sugar Plum Fairy in the school play. After all, Sophie is a Kringle. Her family lives at the Bing Cherry Hotel, and her favorite aunt, Auntie Claus, serves Christmas cookies at teatime — even in July. When Auntie Claus hears that Sophie will make her debut in the school play, she decides to have her cake and eat it too — this year Auntie Claus will be home for the holidays and the North Pole will move south to New York! Finally getting to see the tree at Rockefeller Center, the department store windows, and the 57th Street Snowflake with Auntie Claus — Sophie will have a Christmas that she never could have imagined!
The other book is from the super popular Fancy Nancy series. It’s called Fancy Nancy: Splenderific Christmas and here’s the story description: What could be fancier than Christmas? Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles—and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited about decorating the Christmas tree. She bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and has been waiting for Christmas to come. But when things don’t turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? In this merriest of stories from bestselling duo Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, Nancy proves once again that a little fancying up can go a long, festive way!
Jane so beautifully includes gigantic (that’s a fancy word for big) words in the story to stretch kids’ vocabulary in a fun way that blends easily with the character’s personality. Fancy Nancy is very infectious. My favorite fancy word in this book is compromise which Fancy Nancy explains means what mom wants.
A little sidenote: The author of Fancy Nancy is Jane O’Connor, and Jane is my editor for the Night Before series.
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