Thursday, December 18, 2008
Who Is Stealing the 12 Days of Christmas?
So I'm really caught up in childrens literature. It must have something to do with being surrounded by it 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. But I'm not complaining. To prepare for a book talk tomorrow morning with some fourth and fifth graders, I read Who Is Stealing the 12 Days of Christmas by Martha Freeman.
Something strange is happening on Chickadee Court. Every year the 12 houses each display one day of Christmas in an elaborate staging of The Twelve Days of Christmas. This year, someone is up to no good. One piece of decoration is stolen each night. Who would steal the Twelve Days of Christmas? And could it be related to a string of toy store robberies in the area? Alex and Yasmeen are desperate to find out... well, Yasmeen a little more so than Alex.
In the process of solving the mystery, the story touches on several themes: guilt, prejudice, community, friendship, and getting your buns off the couch and experiencing real fun!
Recommendation: A fun read aloud to kids of all ages for the month of December. Who doesn't want to try their hand at solving a mystery?