* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room, and give you a unique “recipe for fun” this week over on our Book Cook page. To celebrate the holiday season, we will review a great Christmas book every Tuesday this month!
Today’s great book: Pat the Christmas Bunny by Edith Kunhardt (1999, Golden Books)
Time to Read: short and sweet, especially for a Christmas baby; great for naptime or anytime
Summary: from the back of the book…”Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt is recognized by leading educators as the most important first book for a baby’s early development. Its unique interactive and sensory approach helps stimulate a baby’s developing mind. In this companion to Dorthy Kunhardt’s Pat the Bunny, Paula and Judy are getting ready for Christmas. Toddlers can join in the fun by helping them write a list for Santa, smell a candy cane, and even ride on a toboggan! All nine activities will fascinate your little one.”
Best Quote: “But we’re so excited that we can’t fall asleep.” (our favorite interactive page too!)
Our View: For a while now, we’ve been wanting to include a book review for those with babies and so to celebrate our first ever month-long “Look at this Book!,” we have decided to begin the month with the kid’s first Christmas book favorite. Pat the Christmas Bunny is that book. Claire was 11-months old when she received this book from us to celebrate her first Christmas. The interactive style and the simple words and pictures, along with the small format of the book, is just right for little hands. The sensory aspects of this story make it a perfectly developmentally appropriate work for young ones and the short story is just right for tired parents. The original Pat the Bunny was first published in 1940 and has now sold more than 7 million copies worldwide. Random House includes a wonderful website dedicated to the history of the story and includes this comment: “The history of pat the bunny has shaped its way into becoming one of the most recognized classic children’s books today. The success of the entire collection can be attributed to Dorothy and Edith Kunhardt, as they created these books with love and consideration to the joy and interaction that child and parent would get by reading these books together.” You can visit the website at http://www.randomhouse.com/golden/patthebunny/story.html
Remember to visit our Book Cook page for the recipe – “Eat the Coconut Bunny” – created by the kids to accompany this particular book.