Jingle Bells, Homework Smells

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It's almost Christmas, and Gilbert finds it hard to pay attention in school. When Mrs. Byrd gives the class homework for the weekend, Gilbert just can't seem to find the time to do it. After all, this is a busy season. He has to help his mother and sister bake Christmas cookies. He also has to make time to go ice skating with his friends. And the tree has to be decorated too!

The joyous holiday feeling around Gilbert's house comes alive in warm, colorful, and humorous scenes. ...

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Overview

It's almost Christmas, and Gilbert finds it hard to pay attention in school. When Mrs. Byrd gives the class homework for the weekend, Gilbert just can't seem to find the time to do it. After all, this is a busy season. He has to help his mother and sister bake Christmas cookies. He also has to make time to go ice skating with his friends. And the tree has to be decorated too!

The joyous holiday feeling around Gilbert's house comes alive in warm, colorful, and humorous scenes. And every child who's ever put off a chore will sympathize with him when Monday morning rolls around...

Gilbert forgets to do his homework over the weekend because he is busy playing in the snow and getting ready for Christmas, but then he comes up with a solution at the last minute.

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Publishers Weekly
The opossum star of Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet gets distracted by the traditional festivities of the season and daydreams of Santa's impending visit. "Once again, deGroat gets childhood feelings just right," wrote PW. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Everyone knows how difficult it is to get everything done at Christmastime because there are so many distractions. In this very human-like community of animals, Gilbert, a possum, is a good student who always does his homework, but the assignment to draw a picture of the main character from a favorite book is one that he honestly forgets because there were cookies to create and a tree to decorate. Plus he can't stop daydreaming about the Red Racer Speed Sled he's hoping to get from Santa. On Monday Gilbert is horrified when he realizes he will have to go to school empty-handed, so he tries the old "fake illness" routine, but is not able to fool his mom. As he's walking to school he really does have a stomachache thinking about his teacher's reaction. Gilbert comes up with a clever plan that temporarily satisfies the teacher, so she gives him one more day to finish the assignment correctly. When he gets home there is no procrastination and he immediately draws a picture of Saint Nick, who has the Red Racer Speed Sled in hand, from The Night Before Christmas. The next day the drawing gets a happy-face sticker and Gilbert gets a happy face too. DeGroat's cute characters are colorfully appealing to young children and are realistic, in a furry sort of way. Details of everyday life (check out the cat clock in the kitchen) help to reinforce the connection between Gilbert's world and the world of the reader. This latest will tickle those who have met Gilbert in Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink; Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet; and Happy Birthday to You, You Belong in a Zoo. (Picture book. 4-8)Durbin, William MY NAME IS AMERICA: The Journal of Otto Peltonen, a Finnish Immigrant Scholastic(176 pp.) Sep. 2000
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613684354
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 8.08 (w) x 10.16 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane deGroat

Diane deGroat is the illustrator of more than 120 children's books and the author-illustrator of bestselling books about Gilbert, including Ants in Your Pants, Worms in Your Plants! (Gilbert Goes Green); April Fool! Watch Out at School!; Mother, You're the Best! (But Sister, You're a Pest!); Last One in Is a Rotten Egg!; and the New York Times bestseller Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink. Diane lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Diane deGroat is the illustrator of more than 120 children's books and the author-illustrator of bestselling books about Gilbert, including Ants in Your Pants, Worms in Your Plants! (Gilbert Goes Green); April Fool! Watch Out at School!; Mother, You're the Best! (But Sister, You're a Pest!); Last One in Is a Rotten Egg!; and the New York Times bestseller Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink. Diane lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2009

    Jingle Bells, Homework Smells

    I love this story. Even my third grade students enjoyed it. For those students who love to procrastinate about homework, this really hit home with them. They were into the story and thought, "wow, that's me". I would recommend this story for any Elementary age. The discussions were great about how to "prioritize" homework with play. To the students, realizing the more important issues sometimes don't always materialize easily. Stories like this help them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2003

    My kids love this series!!!

    My children and ages 5 to 11 and they all love all Diane DeGroat's books. This one is great for the holiday season.

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