Christmas, Santa Stories

The Great Santa Stakeout By Betsy Bird

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Back of Book:
Oh, is it risky! It’s awfully hard to sneak anything by someone who can see you when you’re sleeping and knows when you’re awake. That’s why Freddy has been extra good this year . . . at hiding his plans.
Will Freddy get away with his delightfully devious scheme to outwit Santa Claus himself and capture the ultimate selfie?
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Arthur A. Levine Books in exchange for an honest review
Christmas is around the corner, and I love finding fun picture books to share with my students. The Great Santa Stakeout is a perfect book to share as a read-aloud or tie into a writing unit. Children of all ages can relate to the excitement of possibly catching a glimpse of catching Santa. Freddy is the ultimate Santa fan. His goal is to find a way to catch  Santa and get a selfie. To accomplish this he needs a detailed step by step plan. The text is expressive, fun, and will keep readers laughing throughout the story. Betsy did a fantastic job of showcasing Freddy’s dedication to finding Santa.
The illustrations by Dan Santat are corky, creative and fit the text beautifully.
I plan to incorporate this book with a writing assignment on the steps my students would take to catch Santa. I also think this would make a great STEM project where we would create our own Santa trap.
I think this is a fantastic book for the holiday season.
32 Pages
Ages 5 and up

Back of Book:
Oh, is it risky! It’s awfully hard to sneak anything by someone who can see you when you’re sleeping and knows when you’re awake. That’s why Freddy has been extra good this year . . . at hiding his plans.
Will Freddy get away with his delightfully devious scheme to outwit Santa Claus himself and capture the ultimate selfie?
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Arthur A. Levine Books in exchange for an honest review
Christmas is around the corner, and I love finding fun picture books to share with my students. The Great Santa Stakeout is a perfect book to share as a read-aloud or tie into a writing unit. Children of all ages can relate to the excitement of possibly catching a glimpse of catching Santa. Freddy is the ultimate Santa fan. His goal is to find a way to catch  Santa and get a selfie. To accomplish this he needs a detailed step by step plan. The text is expressive, fun, and will keep readers laughing throughout the story. Betsy did a fantastic job of showcasing Freddy’s dedication to finding Santa.
The illustrations by Dan Santat are corky, creative and fit the text beautifully.
I plan to incorporate this book with a writing assignment on the steps my students would take to catch Santa. I also think this would make a great STEM project where we would create our own Santa trap.
I think this is a fantastic book for the holiday season. 
40 Pages
Ages 5 and up

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