the twelve days of christmas in virginia

Summary:

It is Christmas vacation and William is touring Virginia with Aunt Mary Jean and cousin Madison. Eleanor didn't get to go (because she broke her leg), but she tells us about all of the things her brother sent her. It starts with one cardinal in a dogwood tree and ends with 12 plovers flying in the air at Virginia Beach.

Educational Themes:

There is plenty of Virginia history in this story about a young boy's Christmas vacation. The endpapers have a US map so you can see where Virginia is (and compare it to where you are). There are also some great facts and profiles in the back.

Reading Level:
5.1
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Read with a 9-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. If you live in Virginia, this would be a good one to have at home starting by about second grade when kids start learning about the history of the commonwealth.
Little Kid Reaction:

"This was fun!" It helped that our third-grader is studying Virginia history and knows many of these places.

Parent Reaction:

This is a clever way to introduce state history and symbols. With all of the repetition it is definitely memorable. The author has done an incredible job making this a book to share. The letters William writes are perfect for an adult (or older sibling) to read, and the chorus (the 12 days) is perfect for new readers. The illustrations do not overwhelm the reader, but at the same time they offer plenty to look at while Mom/Dad read the letter.

Pros:

Families will enjoy sharing this story built around a beloved holiday song and Virginia history.

Cons:

None.


Title The Twelve Days Of Christmas In Virginia
About
Author Sue Corbett
Publisher Sterling © 2009
Illustrators Henry Cole
ISBN 9781402763441
Material Hard Cover
Cost $12.95
Genres Picture Book, Christmas, History
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