This book is so beautiful - if you have any fondness at all for cats you will love this story. Did you know Santa has a cat? She's white as snow and has jade-green eyes and loves to snuggle down deep inside Santa's red velvet pockets. One Christmas Eve, she falls from the sleigh and has an adventure in New York City until she is reunited with her Santa. The illustrations of falling snow are mesmerizing and the kitty's expressions couldn't be captured more perfectly. Anne Mortimer also illustrated A Pussycat's Christmas that will appear a little later in the advent.
Activity: Popsicle Stick Stars
•3-4 popsicle sticks per star
•acrylic paint: silver, gold, white or your preference
•glitter: fine glitter is the best but any will do; coordinate with your paint color
•magnet or small spring clothespin
Step 1: Using a single dot of wood glue in the center of a popsicle stick, repeat glue dots and stacking of 3- 4 popsicle sticks.
Step 2: After glue has set (it sets quickly) paint the star silver or your color choice.
Step 3: After paint has dried, apply white glue where you want the glitter.
Step 4: Apply the glitter and tap off.
Step 5: After glitter has dried, glue the magnet or clothespin to the back of the star. You could also tie fishing line to one point (a little hot glue should hold it) and hang for an ornament or decoration. These would make great package add-ons too.
Optional Step 6: Experiment with smaller sticks and vary your color combinations.