Monday, December 8, 2008


I had to order some books for a lesson, and so while I was at it I sorted through the 5 pages of books that I saved in my amazon cart for later.

I settled on these:

The Soldiers' Night Before Christmas--"'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the base
Only sentries were stirring--they guarded the place.
The soldiers were sleeping and snoring away
As they dreamed of 'back home' on good Christmas Day..."

One Christmas Eve at a military barracks in the Middle East, some homesick soldiers are paid a visit by Sergeant McClaus, the Santa of Soldiers. This lively and poignant tale is inspired by Clement C. Moore's classic yuletide poem.

The Night Before Christmas in the Military--Santa receives thousands of letters from children who have parents in the military. He decides this year he'll do something extra special for the troops that are away from home.

The Soldier's Tree--In a world where bigger is often better, a tiny tree realizes that its extra small size can make an extra big difference. This book is a wonderful deployment tool designed to help military children enjoy the Christmas holiday while separated from a loved one overseas. Military families will be inspired to create their own Soldier's Tree which can be sent to their special service member serving abroad. With a poetic storyline and perfectly imperfect illustrations, The Soldier's Tree is sure to be loved by children who wear the stars and stripes of America.

Oh yeah, I am sure these will make me upbeat and happy about the Christmas season.

Have you heard of the Impossible Patriotism Project? It is a great book for kids. It's about a class that is doing a project on patriotism and one little boy can't think of anything to do. He tries to come up with an idea and wishes that his dad was there to help him, but he is deployed. So at the end of the story he does a picture of his dad and talks about him. I read it to my class and could barely make it through the book. The girls really like it though.

So those are my picks of the weeks. I spend way too much money at Amazon.

I should get a book on howtogetyourchildrentopickthingsupinsteadofwalkingonthem.


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Anonymous said...

My friends got us the Soldiers Night Before Christmas last year. It really is a good book.


Uncle Dan said...

Keep your head up young lady, so many of today's and yesterday's mothers could not hold a candle to you.

The Mrs. said...

ooh those books all sound perfect. All like tear jerkers but good none the less. I could barely make it thru your post without tearing up. I'd blame decreasing hormones but i dont think thats it.

hope your feeling better.

Anonymous said...

When you find the book on "How to get your children to pick things up instead of walking on them", order 2!


Miss Ladybug said...

I've got The Soldier's Night Before Christmas, but I'm not familiar with those other two. I'll have to add them to my list of books I'd like. I've bought quite a few children's books, hoping they will someday go in my classroom library, and I've taken the time to review some of them here. I've got several patriotic ones that I know I'd have trouble getting through if I was reading them to a class full of kids...