04 Dec The Christmas Giant Guest Blog by Texas Girl Reads
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As a kid, one of my favorite Christmas traditions (in addition to watching a ton of Christmas movies and eating as many cookies as possible) was reading Christmas books. My mom had a special basket for the books, and they were only brought out after Thanksgiving. This is one tradition that I’ve continued with my own family, but our basket overflows onto the floor now. It’s definitely time for an upgrade.
All December long (or earlier if my kids find the books) we try to read at least one Christmas book a night. We have so many that we don’t need to repeat, but there is one that both of my boys always go back to, and we read it multiple times over the holidays.
The Christmas Giant by Steve Light is the story of a giant named Humphrey and an elf named Leetree. They work at the North Pole making all of the wrapping paper for Santa Claus. One year, Santa asks them to grow the official North Pole Christmas tree in their time off. They spend the whole year working together to grow the perfect tree. When it is time to deliver the tree to Santa, disaster strikes. Humphrey and Leetree must work together to find a way to save the Christmas tree!
I love The Christmas Giant for many reasons. The beautiful illustrations (also by Steve Light) are just the beginning. The fact that both of my boys, ages 6 and 8, love it is another. But it’s the message that is gently conveyed that is my favorite reason. Humphrey and Leetree don’t let their huge difference in size affect their friendship or their work. In fact, they use their differences to become a stronger team-Humphrey does the big and tall jobs, Leetree is in charge of the low to the ground jobs (and he makes big plans). This is not a book about diversity, but a similar message is there, and the holidays are a wonderful time to talk about how differences make us stronger and much more interesting!
If you like to incorporate crafts into your children’s books, The Christmas Giant is a perfect one for it! Spoiler alert: Humphrey and Leetree solve the problem by using their leftover, homemade wrapping paper to craft a giant, wrapping paper Christmas tree. Even though they lose the big, shiny, real Christmas tree, they make the best of the situation and create something even more beautiful and meaningful. After reading this book, your kids could use wrapping paper (I always have odd-sized scraps of paper that I’m not sure what to do with, but I don’t want to just throw them away!), paper towel roles, and any other supplies you have on hand to create their own wrapping paper Christmas tree.
We love this special book so much, and I hope your family does too!