Christmas Eve Blizzard

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This is the tender story of a beautiful cardinal who is trapped in the snow until a young boy rescues him. Nicholas places more importance on caring for the injured bird than in decorating the Christmas tree or opening his gifts on Christmas morning. Christmas Eve Blizzard will truly touch your heart. The "Creative Minds" section contains information on how to make your backyard into a bird-happy habitat, several simple bird-feeder crafts, "cardinal numbers," math games, and information on what to do if you find ...
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Overview

This is the tender story of a beautiful cardinal who is trapped in the snow until a young boy rescues him. Nicholas places more importance on caring for the injured bird than in decorating the Christmas tree or opening his gifts on Christmas morning. Christmas Eve Blizzard will truly touch your heart. The "Creative Minds" section contains information on how to make your backyard into a bird-happy habitat, several simple bird-feeder crafts, "cardinal numbers," math games, and information on what to do if you find an injured bird.
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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
"Christmas Eve Blizzard is Andrea Vlahakis' charming story of young Nicholas and his grandfather who put all thoughts of Christmas decorating and preparation aside as they lovingly care for a cardinal whom they find stranded in a snowy blizzard. In addition to Emanuel Schongut's lovely illustrations, Christmas Eve Blizzard is enhanced for young readers with a Spanish/English glossary for the Spanish words that appear in the text of the story, as well as fun facts about birds, information on making a bird-friendly backyard habitat, easy bird feeder crafts for Christmas and year round, information on what to do if the young reader were to find an injured or orphaned baby bird, and even cardinal numbers and math games! With it's timely and timeless Christmas message of caring for animals and other people, and a young boy's relationship with his grandfather, Christmas Eve Blizzard is a very special and highly recommended addition to a child's Christmas reading list and for inclusion into both school and community library picturebook collections."
Armchair Interviews
"Christmas Eve Blizzard is a lovely story of a grandfather sharing his past and a child who puts the welfare of a bird before his own. The illustrations are beautiful and children will long to touch the pictures."
Children's Literature
Nicholas and his Grandpa Santos plant an apple tree. During a blizzard on Christmas Eve, Nicholas looks out the window to check on the tree when he notices a red bird fall from a branch. He rescues the cardinal, a bird he had never seen before in his part of the country. It is given tender care given by Nicholas and his grandfather. The next day Nicholas takes it back outside and sets it free. As each year passes, more and more people come on Christmas Eve to see the tree full of red cardinals. The text is peppered with a few Spanish words which help to create the setting and give personality to the characters. The illustrations follow the story and convey the action. The back matter contains information that is useful all year long: a short Spanish/English glossary, bird trivia, how to create a backyard habitat, how to make simple birdfeeders, and what to do if you find an injured or orphaned baby bird. The very last page makes a connection between "Cardinal Numbers and Math Games." While this story takes place on Christmas Eve and there are references to the Christmas tree in the living room, the focus of the story is the bird rescue. The religious symbolism of Christmas is not presented in this story, which may make it accessible to more classrooms. 2005, Sylvan Dell Publishing, Ages 5 to 8.
—Sharon Salluzzo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976494331
  • Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/20/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,162,961
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 610L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrea Vlahakis (Christmas Eve Blizzard) is a busy children's author, having been published in Highlights for Children, Turtle, Ladybug and Appleseeds. In addition to her own writing, Andrea is an instructor at the Institute of Children's Literature. A large portion of Andrea's work revolves around nature and birds. The inspiration for this book comes from her childhood home�when she was eight, her father hung a cardinal-red birdfeeder from their old apple tree and her love of bird watching was born. It also comes from her own rescue of a bird during a blizzard a few years ago, with the help of an equally snowbound wildlife rescue person on the other end of the phone. Andrea lives in Connecticut surrounded by woods, streams, and lots of birds to watch. For more information, visit her website at www.AndreaVlahakis.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2005

    Touching Story with Great Illustrations

    I loved The Christmas Eve Blizzard. Although I don't have kids, I think it's a good present for people (like me) who want to give a special memory to the children in their life. It's a touching story about a little boy, his 'abuelo' (grandfather), and the beautiful bird the boy finds and helps nurse back to health. The illustrations are charming. Nice addition is the section at the end to help children explore the subject a bit more. I highly recommend the book to people looking for a special book that touches on nature, family, and just a bit of magic.

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  • Posted May 21, 2014

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    This is a lovely picture book reminiscent of the 1930s and 1940s

    This is a lovely picture book reminiscent of the 1930s and 1940s books for children. The illustrations are soft, sweet, charming and beautifully drawn. The story is somewhat bilingual in that the characters, Nicholas and his Abuelo (grandpa) use Spanish words here and there. The story is in English.

    It is Winter and there is a blizzard raging and it is Christmas Eve. There is a small, young apple tree in the yard which Nicholas and Aubelo have planted. Nicholas is worried about his little tree. Looking out the window he spies a fallen Cardinal and rushes out to rescue the little bird. They feed, shelter, and water the bird and the following day - Christmas - they release the bird.Then a bit of folklore style magic takes place - for many following years the apple tree is covered with Cardinals on Christmas Day.

    In the back of the book, Arbordale lives up to its reputation for educational stories by factoring in some "Creative Minds" activities - Spanish and English Glossary, Teaching Trivia about birds and especially Cardinals, Making a Bird-Happy Backyard Habitat, and then a couple of pages dedicated to bird feeders.

    A super book to entertain and educate. (rev. V.G)

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