Family Reading- The Wild Christmas Reindeer

0978069811652_500X500This holiday season, teach your child how to be a calm and caring leader. Share Jan Brett’s The Wild Christmas Reindeer with your family and celebrate the season with Teeka, the young girl in charge of rounding up and training Santa’s reindeer in time for Christmas. Gone are the cartoonish depictions of Rudolph and his friends. Instead, Teeka has to learn real-life lessons, such as leadership, forgiveness, and friendship. The side panels of each illustration make this story just as wonderful to see as to read. All of Jan Brett’s books are beautifully illustrated but this one seems to strike a particular chord with so many readers. This book is one for artists, animal lovers, and holiday enthusiasts- perfect for the entire family. Make Jan Brett a part of your holiday traditions this year and for many Christmases to come.

Activities for your family of readers:

– Have your child create their own story from the illustrations on the side of each page. They can even make themselves a character in their story!

–  Pause on each page and ask your child what they think will come next. Ask them if they think that Teeka’s methods of training will work. Talk about how people should treat animals and friends.

– Make reindeer ornaments with your family to hang on the Christmas tree. You can give them creative and silly names, too!

Candy Cane Reindeer

Reindeer Thumbprint Ornament

Glittery Reindeer Tree Ornament

Reindeer Christmas Crafts

– Visit your local animal shelter to spend some time with the animals for the holidays.

Visit for more activities, coloring pages, and more for all of Jan Brett’s original and wonderfully creative books.

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