I was very excited to read our Grade Twos a Christmas story today in the library. Christmas is definitely my favourite time of the year and I always look forward to sharing the festive season with the kids at Oatlands. The story we chose to read was ‘The Christmas Caravan’ by Jennifer Beck.
When Simon puts his whole heart into decorating his caravan for the local Christmas competition, the world around him begins to change. Without the money to buy decorations, he collects rubbish from around the caravan park. A Christmas wonderland with a difference is born and the caravan is cleaned up in the process. Simon waits in proud anticipation for the judges to see his handiwork, but they don’t come. Simon’s mother phones the council to find out what happened and learns that the town’s big houses with their elaborate lighting displays took up all the judges’ time. The Mayor has the cheek to admit that he thought the caravan wasn’t really a home! After receiving the phone call, the Mayor decides to take a look at the caravan. He talks to Simon about the decorations he has made and even though the prize has already been awarded the Mayor has a wonderful solution. Simon receives a special award, one that will change his life forever. I will not spoil the ending. I can only say that it will make you smile.
This is a truly heart warming story about the value of dreams and perseverance. It has some strong messages about the importance of community and it is definitely one that you should add to your Christmas wish list.
After being inspired by Simon’s wonderful decorations we made our own. Unlike poor Simon, we were lucky enough to have some wonderful materials to work with including wooden baubles, sequins and pipe cleaners. They will make a fantastic addition to our Christmas trees at home!
Thank you for a wonderful year in the library Grade Twos. You have all worked very hard and have produced some fabulous work. I hope you have enjoyed your Tuesdays in Information Literacy and we have inspired in you a passion for books and reading.
Have a wonderful Christmas with your families. Enjoy the holidays, read lots, stay safe and rest up. I look forward to seeing all of your happy, smiling faces again next year 🙂