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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Minnie and Moo: The Night Before Christmas

Minnie and Moo: The Night Before Christmas by Denys Cazet

It is the night before Christmas and Moo has discovered that the farmer has forgotten his grandchildren's presents in the barn. Thankfully Moo has just read 'Twas the Night before Christmas and comes up with a plan to get the presents into the farmers house. With the help of all of the animals in the barn Minnie and Moo, dressed up as Mr. and Mrs. Claus get the presents down to the farmers house and under the tree. The grandchildren are so happy, and Minnie and Moo feel they have saved the day. The animals are even able to get back to the barn before the farmer's wife realizes that Minnie and Moo were not human.

This is my first Minnie and Moo book and I must say I like Minnie and Moo a lot. This is a great book for kids who are just learning to read. The words are nice and big on the page and there are not too many of them on each page. The illustrations do tell the story as well to provide plenty of context clues for any new words on the page. In this story specifically, I like how elaborate Moo's plan is to get the presents to the farmer's house and how Minnie is the 'voice of reason' but goes along with Moo's plan in the end. I also like that the focus of this story was not getting presents but making sure that other people had their presents and trying to help the farmer. Minnie and Moo do get a thankful at the end of the story but that is their only reward and they seem very pleased with their night's work. Overall a great Christmas story for new readers.

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