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The Best Christmas Present Ever Book, The Best Christmas Present Ever! Hardcover

Inside: The Very Best Christmas Present book review, free book activities, free clipart

Hi Friends! Believe it or not, one of my all-time favourite Christmas books is a Golden Book that I’ve had for 31 years!

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The Very Best Christmas Present is a very sweet story and an excellent read-aloud. My copy is the one I bought my youngest son when he was six years old.

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AUTHOR: Jim RazziILLUSTRATOR: Henry FernandesPUBLISHING: 1988, Western Publishing CompanyAGES: 3 to 7TOPIC: Christmas, Giving, Pets

OPENING:

One snowy morning, a few weeks before Christmas, Mr. Floogle’s doorbell rang. It was the mail carrier. He had a big orange cat in his arms.

SYNOPSIS:

Mr. Floogle receives an unwanted cat. He repeatedly tries to give it away because, as he reminds us over and over again, “I don’t like cats!”. When he finally succeeds he slowly realizes how much he really loves the cat and how badly he misses it. But happily, as you can see on the cover, Santa finds the cat and gives it back to him.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:

This is such a lovely, heart-warming book. Mr. Floogle is funny in his determined grumpiness and insistence that he doesn’t like cats. But there are little clues throughout the story that show the reader that the cat is quickly working his way into Mr. Floogle’s heart. My first grade students always picked up on this and were completely satisfied with the happy ending.

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RELATED ACTIVITIES:

1. Mr. Floogle doesn’t have any friends, other than his new cat. This book is the perfect segue into a discussion about the many ways we can make friends and be a good friend.

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2. It would be fun to graph who has a cat and who doesn’t. Or perhaps who likes cats and who doesn’t.

3. Draw pictures or write about the responsibilities of a good cat owner.

4. Before reading the book to your class be sure to cover the front of it (as it tends to give away the ending). Then read the story but stop at the part where Mr. Floogle mails the cat to the North Pole. Ask the kids to predict what they think will happen next. You could do this orally or in writing or pictures. Share the predictions and then finish reading the book.

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5. Draw or write about the very best Christmas present for the cat or for your own pet.

DOWNLOAD: Puppy in a Stocking Clip Art (image below)

Ideally it should be a cat in a stocking

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