November's author for the Virtual Book Club is Tomie DePaola.
While packing away my fall decorations, I found these Tomie DePaola books:
Next, we read Tom. It's an autobiography of Tomie's relationship with his own grandfather. We wrote about a special relationship the children have with an older person. This was more on their level with some cute answers.
Last, we learned about some Italian traditions. Tony's Bread describes how panettone came to be. Days of the Blackbird is about January's coldest days of the year. The kids seemed to enjoy these stories, especially his simple, but detailed illustrations.
And now, A Christmas Story.
We only have twelve hectic days until Christmas break. I keep our routine the same, but use Christmas stories for read-alouds and guided reading lessons. When we lived in Ohio, I taught Kindergarten. My aide, Mrs. Cook made all the characters and props out of felt for this story and I always start December by reading it:
Winnie the Pooh, The Merry Christmas Mystery
Santa accidentally mixes up the presents in the Hundred Acre Wood. They trade around until everybody gets what they really needed. I miss Mrs. Cook everytime I read it.