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Christmas Wishes Granted by Santa May Be a Challenge for Parents in This Delightful Holiday Picture Book

Updated on December 1, 2018
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Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Who Wants a Monster for Christmas?

A fun holiday book for the season
A fun holiday book for the season | Source

What Would You Do if Santa Brought a Monster for Christmas?

Sue Fliess's We Wish for a Monster Christmas is a delightful and creative picture book for the Christmas season. How many children wish for something out of the ordinary during the Christmas season? Parents sometimes have a hard time with the things that children want, but Santa can come through with any wish if you believe.

A brother and sister really want a monster for Christmas this year. They have lots of plans for activities that they want to do with their monster. Taking him to school, having him eat their hated peas at dinner, and keeping him free from fleas are just some of the activities that they have planned. Dad says that getting a monster for Christmas is impossible, but the children know that Santa will come through. They got to the mall to have their visit with Santa and Santa agrees that they have been good all year and that they may have their wish for the monster granted. Mom and Dad are not happy on Christmas Day when Santa comes through with the monster that was wished for. The children are thrilled! The monster is huge and he begins to create havoc in the house. The family must come to a compromise in order to keep the monster that the children love and to have an orderly household. The children come up with a plan and learn a lesson in family dynamics in compromise. They come up with another surprising wish for next Christmas.

Claudia Ramucci contributes her talent as an illustrator with large colorful illustrations that celebrate Christmas. Fliess writes in short sentences for a text that small children can easily comprehend. We Wish for a Monster Christmas was published by Sterling Children's Books and is recommended for ages 3-6. It has an ISBN of 978-1-4549-1894.

Large Colorful Illustrations Celebrate Christmas

Santa promises to grant the wish for a monster for Christmas
Santa promises to grant the wish for a monster for Christmas | Source
Christmas day joy with the monster
Christmas day joy with the monster | Source

Classroom Use for We Wish for a Monster Christmas

The holiday season is always a fun time to bring out old picture books and stories and to introduce some new ones to keep the children engaged in reading experiences while waiting for Christmas. I always found the holiday books to be a delight and there were always great ones to choose for story time in my early childhood classrooms. Sue Fliess's We Wish for a Monster Christmas is a creative picture book that has fun ideas to incorporate into reading and language experiences for young children.

*Read We Wish for a Monster Christmas in a group story time session. Call attention to the colors that are part of the Christmas season.

*Create a group language session to gather children's ideas for what they would do if Santa brought a monster for Christmas. Write the ideas on chart paper and save for reading later. Writing the children's ideas teaches that words that are written create text.

*Create a separate group discussion to collect the children's ideas of what they want for Christmas.

*Give the children an opportunity to draw pictures of what they want for Christmas. drawing is related to writing in a language activity for children. Teachers can have each child describe their drawing for writing their words to go along with their pictures.

*How did the family solve the problems that the monster created after Christmas?

Creative Text Offers Opportunity for Singing

Sue Fliess has written the text in a form for her We Wish for a Monster Christmas that can be sung to the tune of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas". Singing the text offers the opportunity for children to have a different reading experience. Sing the original song before you read the book and remind the children of the Christmas tune. Read the text slowly and sing the same words slowly to give the children an opportunity to learn the words in the text as you read and sing. Singing the text may present the opportunity for children to memorize the story.

© 2018 Cindy Hewitt


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