With it being the holiday season, I wanted to take some time over the next days to talk about some gift ideas for kids. As you may remember, my three girls are (almost) 9, 6, and (almost) 2, and finding gifts that each of them will enjoy is difficult. Finding gifts that all will enjoy simultaneously (or at least that the two older girls will enjoy together) is nearly impossible. I do think, however, that I have been somewhat successful in it this year. So, without further ado…
The first gift that I want to highlight this year is a children’s book entitled The Lollipop Monster Christmas. Typically I shy away from storybooks, favoring instead chapter books (1. Because we already have gobs of storybooks lining our book shelves, and 2. Because the big girls’ reading skills are beyond storybooks and into chapter books), but I had to make an exception for this one. The story is just too sweet and the message is just too perfect.
Here’s a brief synopsis of the story line:
Larry’s favorite time of year has arrived. He races around his home trying to make everything perfect before his friends arrive for Christmas morning. During the celebration, he discovers a lonely monster named Walter, who is very sad. Larry asks him why he is sad and Walter explains that Christmas is a difficult time of the year because he is always alone and has no family. Larry invites him to spend the holiday with him and his friends. Walter shyly accepts the invitation and follows Larry back to his home. Walter is welcomed by Larry’s friends and ends up having the most merry Christmas ever!
So, why do I love this book so much and why am I excited to read it with my girls on Christmas morning? First, it’s a great story with amazing artwork that is super colorful. Second, and most importantly, I love the lesson embodied in this story. We want our children to focus on the giving rather than receiving this time of year. While it’s so much fun to get gifts from people that we love, it much more rewarding and important to focus on giving: giving gifts, giving time, giving love. I love the fact that little monster Larry chose to extend his home and friendship to lonely monster Walter, and I want my kids to be able to apply this principle of extending love and caring to strangers or those less fortunate in their own life.
You can find this amazing book online through the Schiffer Books Web site or Amazon, or at retailers like Walmart and Barnes and Noble.