Children welcome Santa with their plates full of cookies and other goodies. Santa is nearing the end of his Christmas Eve venture and is lured to have one more tasty treat. As he relaxes in a comfy chair, Santa’s one dessert treat leads to another. Rhonda Gowler Greene use of vivid verbs and rhyme creates a fun read your children will be delighted with.
Henry Cole draws the reader’s attention to specifics in the scenes – Santa’s belly, a button popping off, the reindeer waiting above. In each wide angled scene, another view is shared with a zoomed-in-circle overlay.
With too many treats eaten, Santa’s attempt to leave is stopped – he’s stuck in the chimney. Each animal comes to the rescue – the reindeer, a dog, a mother cat and six kittens, and finally a mouse. With the use of teamwork, they push and pull Santa out.
Savorings for reading and writing for Santa’s Stuck:
- Voice – a question to the reader the author answers with you: “One more cookie? Couldn’t hurt.“
- Vivid Verbs – nestled, gathers, shrugs, entices
- Rhyming Text
- Stair-step structure – one more thing is added to the prior scene
- Sound effects – onomatopoeia but also the font adds to show effort “No -o -o -o luck“