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?

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Bea and Jules, Day 9

Day 9: Snow!

Bea and Jules finally got their wish!

Jules is outside, celebrating in it.  
Bea is curled up by the window, watching.

What are you celebrating today?

What's your favorite thing to do when it snows? 

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Bea and Jules - Day 8

Bea still really wants it to snow.  
Jules, too!

They gather up glue and clean jars
and a few dollhouse toys. 

Bea glues toys inside each jar.
She makes Jules wait while they dry. 
Jules grabs the glitter!
Shake, shake, shake!

Now, close the lid.... Shake again
Snow globe!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Bea and Jules, Day 7 - Night Tree

Day 7: Night Tree.

Jules may have planned for the animals to wake up and talk on Christmas 
Eve, but the animals didn’t know they were supposed to wait.  

Maybe they already had something to talk about.

          “Psst! Spread the word! Feast at the Night Tree!”

The treats Jules and Charlie made are already gone. 

Nibbled up. 

            “At least they had a party!” Jules sighs.  

That’s okay. There is still plenty to do to bring Christmas to everyone else. 

Books ! 

THE NIGHT TREE - Eve Bunting
OWL MOON - Jane Yolen, John Schoenherr

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Bea and Jules, Day 6

Day 6: 

Gifts for the birds. And beasts.

According to legend, animals have the power to speak to humans for one mysterious hour every Christmas Eve. 
Jules wants to be ready! 
She and Charlie make treats for the birds and all the other animals - peanut butter-birdseed-pinecones, birdseed cakes, and strings threaded with berries - and hang them up on an outside tree.

Now, she and Charlie have to wait until Christmas Eve to find out! 

Will the animals come?

What will they say?

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Bea and Jules, Day 5

Day 5: Tree hunt

Gran had a fake tree last year, but Jules is pretty sure a fresh tree will be just what Gran needs to feel better. 
Uncle Moony is not convinced, but Jules is good at arguing. 
They go to a tree farm thirty minutes away. 

What do you think:
Fake or fresh trees? 

Day 5 & 1/2:

On the way home, Jules sees a cloud of birds.
Jules wonders what kinds of holidays birds celebrate. Uncle Moony tells her this bird cloud is made up of starlings, and a group of them is called a murmuration, so Jules makes up a murmuring sort of poem. 

Maybe birds don't have holidays.
Maybe they are always celebrating. 
Jules is pretty sure she would be, if she could fly.

And what do you think Jules’ gran did when they came in with the tree?  

She almost dropped her coffee cup. 
But Jules’ gran is used to the idea now,
and she says it will be perfect. “Perfectly Jules.”


No Two Alike - Keith Baker
Birds of Bethlehem - Tomie DePaola

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Bea and Jules, Day 4

Day 4: Snowflakes

Bea is impatient for snow. She really, really wants it to snow. 
So, she gets out paper and scissors. 
Fold. Fold. Fold. Fold. 
She folds her paper into a nice, pizza triangle. 
Paper wedges drift to the floor. 
almost like snow.
The hardest part is knowing when to stop cutting.
Maybe Bea's snowflakes will give the sky a hint!

Snow Books!

The Snow Blew Inn - Dian Curtis Regan, Doug Cushman
Winter Bees, and Other Poems of the Cold - Joyce Sidman, Rick Allen
Over and Under the Snow - Kate Messner

Monday, December 3, 2018

Bea and Jules, Day 3

Day 3:
Charlie wants to write a letter to Santa. Jules is happy to help. 
“Dear Santa, Happy December! Charlie wants ANOTHER train! This is okay with me, but pleeeese not one that SINGS!!! His old one that sings is hiding under my bed because it was ANNOYING! Also, I  think Charlie wants extra candy to give to his sister (me). And if you can make Gran feel better, we will even be okay without the candy. 

Love, Charlie (and Jules!!)”


The Jolly Christmas Postman, Janet & Allan Ahlberg 
The Dove's Letter, by Keith Baker
I can't wait to read "How Winston Delivered Christmas," by Alex T. Smith.


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