Jingle Bells, Homework Smells

Jingle Bells, Homework Smells

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by Diane deGroat, Diane de Groat
     
 

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No time for homework!

When Mrs. Byrd gives the class homework for the weekend, Gilbert just can't seem to find the time to do it. That's because it's almost Christmas, and Gilbert has other important things to do, like decorating Christmas cookies, ice skating with his friends, and helping his family find the perfect Christmas tree. What

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No time for homework!

When Mrs. Byrd gives the class homework for the weekend, Gilbert just can't seem to find the time to do it. That's because it's almost Christmas, and Gilbert has other important things to do, like decorating Christmas cookies, ice skating with his friends, and helping his family find the perfect Christmas tree. What will Gilbert do when Monday morning comes?

The joyous holiday feeling around Gilbert's house comes alive in this funny, festive story that's perfect for anyone who's ever put off a chore.

Editorial Reviews

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.
Kirkus Reviews
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688175450
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/04/2003
Series:
Gilbert and Friends Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
553,655
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.00(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

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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Jingle Bells, Homework Smells 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
My children and ages 5 to 11 and they all love all Diane DeGroat's books. This one is great for the holiday season.