Something To Do

Are trees magical? The kidlit book, The Wish Tree, may hold the answer

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The Wish Tree is yet another amazing book from Chronicle Books (one of our MCBD 2017 Bronze Sponsors).
The Wish Tree
Charles and his friend Boggan know that there is a wish tree in the woods, and they go on a journey to find it, despite the disbelief of Charles’s sister and brother. He doesn’t need their blessings. His heart tells him its true. So Charles and Boggan journey into the snowy wood where they make new friends with the furry critters–a squirrel collecting acorns, a beaver collecting wood, and a fox collecting berries. However, the farther they go, Charles’s heart and belief starts to falter. He starts to think that they will never find the wish tree. Charles then puts all of his trust in Boggan and his new woodland friends to help him find his dream.
“The poetic text and heartwarming illustrations evoke the true essence of the holiday season and will inspire wishers everywhere. This gem of a book deserves center stage year round.”
Kyo Maclear and Chris Turnham have created a delicately beautiful book that is absolutely captivating. The fabulous illustrations will pull you into the story from the very beginning and have your child asking for this book every single night, even in the middle of a sweltering summer…maybe especially then.
Something To Do
1. Your Own Wish Tree
     Everyone needs a wish tree. Putting your hopes, dreams, and wishes to pen and paper is a way to make them real to you.
      So go find your favorite tree in your backyard. Or if your a city dweller, create a wish tree with a collection of branches in a jar to create your own wish tree.
     Ally at No Time for Flashcards has some instructions how to create a wish upon a star:
wishing tree activity
 Guest poster Gladys Elizabeth Barbieri also shared a wonderful Wishing Star Mobile activity on JIAB when she reviewed the multicultural picture book,  Wish: Wishing Traditions Around the World by Roseanne Thong on this post.
wishing star activity
2. It’s that time of year again where we’re all waiting for that first snowfall. Some of you may have already been lucky enough to have it. And we all have that snow bucket list that we check off the very first day. If you’re looking for some new activities to add to your list, check out this neat-o snow activities for kids list!
One of my past posts on JIAB also addressed some “cool” ideas for winter play and readingcold weather activitiesg!
3. Charles goes out into the forest by himself, without a map or a compass. He was being led by magic. However, it’s always a good idea to know how to get back home from the wilderness. Check out these helpful tips!
4. An Edible Wish Tree
    These 3-D Cookies look exactly like Charles’s Wish Tree! And they look extra yummy!
Happy reading!

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This holiday season, give your children the gift that will nurture a lifetime of positive habits; give the gift of a book.
A Year in The Secret Garden
As parents, we want/need quality books with extension activities to help our young ones unplug and create memories. Pulling books from shelves, and stories from pages, is also an important act that will aid in them being life-long readers. Quality books with companion book extension activities are not only work to create special family time, it allows kids to solve the world’s problems without major consequences.
A Year in the Secret Garden is just such a book. This delightful children’s book from authors Valarie Budayr and Marilyn Scott-Waters offers unique and original month-by-month activities that allow readers to delve deeper into the classic children’s tale, The Secret Garden! With over 120 pages, with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities for your family and friends to enjoy, learn, discover and play with together.
This book will make a great gift and be the catalyst of many hours of family growth, learning and FUN! Grab your copy ASAP and “meet me in the garden!” More details HERE!
A Year in the Secret Garden