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Jan Brett's Winter Books


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Internet Resources

Jan Brett
Grade Levels:Pre-K, Primary, Intermediate
This site has a wealth of invaluable resources for teachers and students. You will find activities, alphabet pages, iron-on transfers, puzzles, postcards, and much more!
http://janbrett.com

Piggybacks for Teachers
Grade Levels: Pre-K, Primary, Intermediate
Jan Brett has put together cross-curricular units for eight of her books.
http://www.janbrett.com/piggybacks.htm


Books by Jan Brett

Armadillo Rodeo
Grade Levels: Pre-K, Primary, Intermediate
Jan Brett turns her considerable storytelling talents toward the Texas countryside in this warm and funny story of an armadillo on his own. Luckily, Ma Armadillo and her boys are searching for Bo in the borders to bring him back home.

Berlioz The Bear
Grade Levels: Pre-K, Primary, Intermediate
What's that strange buzz coming from the double bass? Berlioz has no time to investigate, because he and his bear orchestra are due at the gala ball in the village square at eight. This delightful cumulative tale will become a class favorite.

Christmas Trolls
Grade Levels: Pre-K, Primary, Intermediate
Christmas Trolls is a glorious celebration of the season as Treva confronts two irresistible trolls who don't understand Christmas.

Comet's Nine Lives
Grade Levels: Pre-K, Primary, Intermediate
Like all cats, Comet knew he had been born with nine lives. But he'd never thought much about it until the day he lost life number one in a flower garden on Nantucket. Beautiful island scenes: sandy beaches, hillside flower gardens, seaside trails, villages, and the sea itself are set within exquisite shell borders.

Gingerbread Baby
Grade Levels: Pre-K, Primary, Intermediate
Remember how the Gingerbread Boy is eaten by the fox? Well, not this Gingerbread Baby, in a delicious twist on a favorite old tale.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Grade Levels: Pre-K, Primary, Intermediate
Everybody loves the story of the curious little girl named Goldilocks, who made herself quite at home in the house of the three bears. Jan Brett's faithful retelling and exquisitely wrought illustrations, lavish in all their details and charming surprises, bring new life to this all-time favorite nursery tale.

Hat, The
Grade Levels: Pre-K, Primary, Intermediate
When Lisa's woolen stocking flies off the clothesline, Hedgie finds it and pokes his nose in. When he tries to pull it out the stocking gets stuck on his prickles -- and the fun begins.

Hedgie's Surprise
Grade Levels: Pre-K, Primary, Intermediate
Jan Brett's beloved character Hedgie stars in this charming story about a little Tom Hen who gets tired of porridge for breakfast and starts stealing Henny's eggs.

Mitten, The
Grade Levels: Pre-K, Primary, Intermediate
When Nicki drops his white mitten in the snow, he keeps going without realizing that it's missing.
One by one, woodland animals find the mitten and crawl in; first a curious mole, then a rabbit, a badger and others, each one larger than the last. Finally, a big brown bear is followed in by a tiny brown mouse, and what happens next makes a wonderfully funny climax.

Night Before Christmas, The
Grade Levels: Pre-K, Primary, Intermediate
As St. Nick and eight tiny reindeer descend through a brilliant night sky, the famous Christmas poem begins.

Town Mouse Country Mouse
Grade Levels: Pre-K, Primary, Intermediate
The trials and troubles of switching geographical locations are revisited in this classic tale.

Trouble with Trolls
Grade Levels: Pre-K, Primary, Intermediate
Treva's trouble with trolls begins when she climbs Mount Baldy with her dog Tuffi. The trolls who live there long for a dog, and they try to kidnap him. But Treva is brave and quick-thinking.

Twelve Days Of Christmas, The
Grade Levels: Pre-K, Primary, Intermediate
For many centuries young and old alike have been singing about the maids a-milking, the lords a-leaping, and a partridge in a pear tree. A Christmas carol, a parlor game, and a delightful counting song – The Twelve Days of Christmas – is indeed a favorite of the holiday season.

Wild Christmas Reindeer, The

Grade Levels: Pre-K, Primary, Intermediate
Little Teeka thought she had to be firm with the reindeer to get them ready for Santa's important flight, but when her bossy yelling only got their antlers tangled up, she knew she had to try something different.



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