Sunday, December 16, 2018

Bea and Jules, Day 16:

Arise and shine.

Bea and Jules are treasure hunting again.
Jules says her best ideas come from outside.
Rocks make good presents!
Some people paint or draw on them. That is an easy way to give someone a smile - rock art.

But Bea has a shinier present in mind.
She collects smooth rocks from the beach. Sand or any kind of gravel works fine, too.
Small candles will nest in the rocks.
Grownups can help light the candle.


Saturday, December 15, 2018

Bea and Jules, Day 15

Wreathy Making

Today, Bea and Jules forage for outside presents.
Charlie helps.
             ”Remember, Charlie - don’t eat wild berries!”
Gather, bunch, bend, and tie. 

Wreathy gifts! 

Oops. Charlie's has heaps of branches,  
but they're all sticks! 
Thankfully, Bea always has a plan.

What can she do with a pile of sticks?

Wrap them with yarn and bells.
Or paint them to look like long red elves! 

Now Bea can check “make stick presents” off her list. 

What are your favorite crafty things to make this time of year? 

Friday, December 14, 2018

Bea and Jules, Day 14:


Today, Jules and Charlie are making cookies. 
Here are Charlie’s directions for decorating gingerbread people:
1. Grab a raisin in each hand. 
2. Put one raisin on the cookie. 
3. Put the other raisin in your mouth.
4. Repeat until 
your mouth is too full, 
your cookie runs out of room, 
or your sister makes you stop.


The Gingerbread Man - Jim Aylesworth, Barbara McClintock
Gingerbread baby - Jan Brett
Gingerbread Friends - Jan Brett
Gingerbread for Liberty! - Mara Rockliff, Vincent X. Kirsch
The Gingerbread Man Loos in the School - Laura Murray, Mike Lowery
The Gingerbread Girl - Lisa Campbell Ernst
The Gingerbread Boy - Paul Galdone

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Bea and Jules, Day 13


Today Jules is making presents - pomanders with oranges and cloves. 
She watched her gran make them, and now it's Jules' turn! 

Won't Gran be surprised?  


An Orange for Frankie - Patricia Polacco

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Bea and Jules, Day 12

DAY 12: Secrets. 
Jules and Bea are Secret Angels this year.
They swapped names. 
Guess who they have? 
They send secret notes every day. 
“Have a good day!
- From, your Secret Angel”

Also they send things like…
Glitter. (Thanks, Jules.) 
A pretty leaf. 
A rock from the parking lot.
A bottle cap. 
A singing train.  (Sorry, Charlie!!)
More glitter!


The Jolly Christmas Postman - Janey & Allan Ahlberg
The Dove's Letter - Keith Baker
A Letter to Amy - Ezra Jack Keats
Fanny & Annabelle - Holly Hobbie

Monday, December 10, 2018

Bea and Jules, Day 10:

Today Jules has the most wonderful idea. 

What do you think Gran will say?

So Many Brilliant Dog Books! Here are just a few:

The Stray Dog, Marc Simont
Carl's Christmas - Alexandra Day
The Christmas Day Kitten - James Herriot, Ruth Brown
Angus Lost - Marjorie Flack
Harry the Dirty Dog -  Gene Zion, Margaret Bloy Graham
Charley's First Night - Amy Hest, Helen Oxenbury
The Dog Who Belonged to No One - Amy Test, Amy Bates
Boot & Shoe - Marla Frazee
Tupelo Rides the Rails - Melissa Sweet

What are your favorite dog books?


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