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Reindeer Magic From a Christmas Market in Charming Story and Picture Book

Updated on November 6, 2019
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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.

Christmas Magic With a Reindeer

Beautifully illlustrated with Christmas colors and stunning characters.  There are also magical doors to open
Beautifully illlustrated with Christmas colors and stunning characters. There are also magical doors to open | Source

A Reindeer for Creating Magical Experiences at Christmas

Maudie Powell-Tuck's Last Stop on the Reindeer Express is a magical reading experience for the Christmas holidays. Have you ever found a reindeer at a Christmas market? Mia and her mom love the Christmas market and are eager to find some treasures for holiday gifts. Mia loves all of the special smells of cinnomon, sugar, and all of the beautiful sights. There is one problem. Grandpa is not there. Grandpa lives too far away to be there for the holidays and Mia wants ti send him a special card. Mia discovers a mysterious mailbox at the Christmas market. She followed the directions to turn the know three times. The door opened and Mia was inside a beautifully decorated room for Christmas. A kind lady welcomed Mia to the Reindeer Express. Magical adventures began when Mia climbed onto the reindeer's back. The special surprise destination at the end of Mia's ride will delight young readers. Mia learns a special lesson that families cannot always be together at Christmas when she finds other children taking a magical reindeer ride. Mia also receives a surprise special Christmas gift at the end of the story.

Karl James Mountford's stunning illustrations make Last Stop on the Reindeer Express a truly magical Christmas book for ages 3-7. The bright holiday colors and unique designs that resemble a quilt are very engaging. Several pages feature a special pop-open door with a surprise behind the door. The illustrations create real adventures to discover with detailed Christmas fun.

Last Stop on the Reindeer Express was published by Doubleday Books for Young Readers, a division of Random House Children's Books. It has an ISBN of 978-1-5247-7166-9. Families will find that this will be a classic story to add to family holiday reading.

Stunning Illustrations Feature Several Magical Doors to Open

It's time for the Christmas market
It's time for the Christmas market | Source
Mia opens one of the magical doors
Mia opens one of the magical doors | Source
Did you ever find a reindeer at a Christmas market?
Did you ever find a reindeer at a Christmas market? | Source
Mia's magical Christmas ride on the reindeer
Mia's magical Christmas ride on the reindeer | Source

Create Magical Learning Activities in the Classroom for the Holiday Season

My favorite time of year in my kindergarten classroom was the holiday season. Picture books are a great tool to use during the holidays for some engaging learning activities. Teachers cannot really celebrate Christmas with students in schools in our current societal climate, but picture books with holiday themes are acceptable because reading skills can be incorporated into the curriculum and there is no objection to using delightful holiday books. Last Stop on the Reindeer Express also offers some cultural ideas for incorporating activities into the classroom for the holidays.

*Read Last Stop on the Reindeer Express in a story time session. Call attention to the idea of a Christmas market. Take a class poll of students who may have been to a Christmas market.

*Call attention to the fact that Mia's grandpa lives too far away to be with her for Christmas. Take a class poll of children who have grandparents who may not be with them for Christmas because they live too far away.

*Take time for students to open the pop-open doors on some of the pages to discover what is hiding behind the door.

*Call attention to the holiday colors and the quiltlike illustrations. It might be a fun idea to have a Christmas quilt for students to sit on while reading the book.

*Call attention to all of the special shapes that are found in the illustrations. Offer an art activity for students to design a holiday drawing filled with shapes. Make holiday crayons and markers available for student to create their drawings.

*Create a research project for students to learn about reindeer. Where do reindeer live? Have a globe available to locate the part of the world where a reindeer can be found. This creates a cultural activity for the holiday season.

© 2019 Cindy Hewitt


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