Saturday, December 18, 2010

Great Holiday and History Read Aloud: 12 Days of Christmas in Virginia!

      Hi fellow M.W. readers! :) I have a great book to lend out this week. It's called The Twelve Days of Christmas written by Sue Corbett and wonderfully illustrated by Henry Cole. It is written in a letter format on each page spread. Although it has a title and a background story of traveling during the holiday season, the real focus of the story is Virginia's history! I would say that it's enjoyable from grades 2-4. Due to the rich incorporation of Virginia's famous and historical highlights, it's great for tying in studies and real life field trip experiences that your children have gone on this year. The "Historic Triangle Area" of Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg are featured, as well as caverns, the ponies of Chincoteague, the music of the Shenandoah Mountains, George Washington's fox hounds, and much more are included. I particularly like the full page spread after the story that continues to celebrate things Virginia is famous for. You'll just have to check it out! I plan on sharing it with a 4th grade history class this coming week for a half hour, but teachers can come by and borrow it any other time this week. :)  

Click on this link to go to Google Books for a preview of The Twelve Days of Christmas in Virginia!

                         The Twelve Days of Christmas in Virginia (Twelve Days of Christmas, State By State)

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