Bibliographic Information: Muldrow, Diane, and Joe Ewers. Jingle Bells. New York: Golden, 1998. Print.
Brief Annotation: This story is about a bear who decides to leave his warm bed to embark on an adventure with new friends, as they actually live out the traditional Jingle Bells Christmas song.
Grade Level: K-1
Readers who will like this: This book is simple but has stunning illustrations and context for students to relate to. It can be a good read around the holidays since it has a direct connection with the song, Jingle Bells.
Rating/ Response: 4 – This story is entertaining and the illustrations will keep the students talking. I think the inclusion of the song, Jingle Bells at the end of the story can lead to extensions beyond the reading of the story.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: Who has heard of the song, Jingle Bells? What are some memories that come to mind when you think of the song?
Reading strategy: Free Choice (Picture)
Rationale for strategy: I chose this strategy because it was one of my final options, but I could see this book being developed into a music lesson or maybe even striving to discover the origin of the song.
Posted by: Katie de St. Aubin