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Merry Christmas

24 Dec

Yesterday, I laughed out loud listening to an NPR episode in which people tell scary stories they were told about kids who tried to catch a peek of Santa.

I laughed, too, reading The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold written by Maureen Fergus and illustrated by Cale Atkinson.

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Publisher’s Summary: Santa has a problem. This kid? Harold? Santa doesn’t think he’s real. He WANTS to believe in Harold–after all, Harold is one of the most magical parts of Christmas. Getting Harold’s letters, eating the cookies he leaves out, feeding his carrots to the reindeer… what would Christmas be without that? But Santa’s just not sure. Some of his friends are telling him they think Harold’s not real. And the Harold that sat on his knee last Christmas looked AWFULLY different. Santa comes up with a plan to find out once and for all if Harold really exists… with hilarious consequences.

This was a fun twist on that time in a child’s life when they start questioning Santa’s existence. Maybe it will help prolong childhood a little longer.

I think I’ll go watch Miracle on 34th Street.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

 

True Camaraderie

3 Apr

Perhaps you’ve seen this video that has  made the rounds of social media on a couple of occasions.

It brings a smile to may face, as do two books about an unlikely friendship  Buddy and Earl and Buddy and Earl Go Exploring written by Maureen Fergus and illustrated by Carey Sookocheff.

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In the first book, Buddy and Earl,  we are introduced to the pair. Buddy is a dog, bored alone at home, whose curiosity is piqued when a mysterious box arrives at his house.

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When, in the course of his investigation, Buddy finds out that the object onside talks, he is even more curious.

“Hello! cried Buddy. “My name is Buddy!”

“Hello, ” said the thing in a muffled voice. “My name is Earl.”

“I see,” said Buddy. “And what are you, Earl?”

“I’m a race car,” said Earl.

Buddy studied Earl carefully.

Then he said, “You do not have a steering wheel. You do not have wheels. I do not think you are a race, car Earl.”

From there their roles are established:  Earl is the jokester and Buddy the serious sidekick, not opposed to having some fun.

In the second book, Earl uses his imagination to take Buddy on a nighttime exploration of the house.

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They know they have to be quiet, lest the hairy ogre, who sounds a lot like Dad,  hears them. In language reminiscent of Anne Shirley, the ordinary becomes extraordinary. In Earl’s hands, Buddy’s water bowl in the shadow of the trash can becomes “a silvery lake in the shadow of a great mountain”.

Although written for younger readers, older ones will still find these unlikely friends endearing.

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