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Sugar Lump's Night Before Christmas
     

Sugar Lump's Night Before Christmas

by Lynn Simmons, Sue Ward (Illustrator), Lynne Sheffield Simmons
 

Things are looking grim for Santa on Christmas Eve as he loses his voice and all his reindeer get sick before the night's duties are done. He sends his reindeer off to bed and chooses eight cows to pull his sleigh instead. When Santa overlooks the shivering calf, Sugar Lump raises his voice to let Santa know he can pull the sleigh. A hoarse Santa appreciates the

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Things are looking grim for Santa on Christmas Eve as he loses his voice and all his reindeer get sick before the night's duties are done. He sends his reindeer off to bed and chooses eight cows to pull his sleigh instead. When Santa overlooks the shivering calf, Sugar Lump raises his voice to let Santa know he can pull the sleigh. A hoarse Santa appreciates the calf's strong voice and invites him into the sleigh to command the cows.

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1-In a rhyming text reminiscent of Moore's The Night before Christmas, cows on a Texas ranch hope to be chosen to fill in for Santa's sick reindeer. The smallest cow, Sugar Lump, is disappointed not to be selected, but gets to ride in the sleigh and call out instructions to save Santa's voice. The rhymes don't scan well, the story is rather nonsensical, and kids may wonder why Texas longhorns were the replacements and how they could fly. The illustrations are cheerful but uninspired. This mediocre offering never gets off the ground.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589804395
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/14/2007
Series:
Night Before Christmas Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Age Range:
5 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Lynn Sheffield Simmons received a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education from Texas Woman's University. She is a member of Phi Delta Kappa honorary fraternity and has taught in public schools for many years. She lives on a small farm in Argyle, Texas. Other titles by Lynn Sheffield Simmons are Jack Crow Said Hello and Sugar Lump, the Orphan Calf , both available from Pelican.

An illustrator at heart, Ward left years of advertising illustration, where computers had gained a firm foothold in graphics, and jumped into children's books. "It took me a long time to find myself," she says, "but I love illustrating children's text and taking the art a few steps beyond the word, when there is an opportunity. "

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