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By the Book at the Bandera Library

by Michael Garr

Book Reviews
by Michael Garr,
Bandera Library Director
What a joyous time of the year! I try to sustain this feeling through the entire year, but sometimes the day-to-day trials can take the edge off the good feeling towards all. This column is for the child in all of us. If you have kids, grandkids or pets that like to be read to, I have a few suggestions that might help you. Now keep in mind that these few titles represent just a small portion of more than 50-plus children’s books for the Christmas Season available through your Bandera Library.
“A Loud Winter’s Nap,” by Katy Hudson, looks lovingly at Tortoise, who is very set in his ways. He doesn’t like change and he doesn’t want to change. But in this follow-up to “Too Many Carrots,” Tortoise is forced to try something new. Will winter fun and caring friends change his view of winter?
A favorite children’s author, Jan Brett, provides “The Animals’ Santa.” Gorgeously illustrated, all the animals are asking Big Snowshoe, “Who is the Santa that leaves presents every Christmas? Maybe he’s a polar bear or a badger, a moose or a wolf?” The animals chime in. On Christmas Eve, Big Snowshoe figures out a way for the animals to see Santa. Their first glimpse is unforgettable. Maybe one of these books will become a new family tradition.
Author Sherry Duskey Rinker and illustrator Jake Parker provide us with “The Twelve Sleighs of Christmas.” When the elves discover that Santa’s sleigh is in a terrible state, they let their imagination go wild and soon elf teams are competing to provide Santa with the ultimate awesome ride.
Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman provide a new season favorite with “Bear Stays Up for Christmas.” Wilson and Chapman return with characters from the internationally bestselling book, “Bear Snore On.” This time, Bear and friends prepare for the holiday. Bear’s friends are determined to keep him awake for Christmas. A very special visit from someone gives Bear a Christmas to remember and he learns that giving is the best Christmas present!
If you would like to hear some Christmas classics like “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” stop by the Bandera Library for the annual festivities at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 16 and/ or at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec.19. Children young and old will listen in awe as respected storyteller Jon Kindred regales the audience with these classics and a few of his other favorites. Hot cocoa, cookies and candy canes will be the fare of the day. Pick-up some children’s books after the presentation to make the evenings go by a little faster for the younger ones.
Also, please remember, as you do your last minute shopping with Amazon, to visit their Amazon Smile website and designate the Bandera Library as your charity of choice. A percentage of your purchase for family and friends will end up helping make the year merry for your library, too. As the Bandera Courier takes a well-deserved break for the holiday, I promise to return in their Jan. 4 issue.
I wish everyone a safe and healthy New Year. Peace to all and have a very Merry Christmas.