Drawing Christmas Conclusions on Book Talk Thursday

Drawing conclusions can be a tough skill, but Jan Brett's The Animals' Santa is a perfect book to help young children with this tough concept!

Santa intrigues so many children, and they are always trying to see him. Jan Brett has brought the idea of Santa alive for the animals in the woods in her book The Animals' Santa. {Affiliate link provided to fund future book purchases.}

Book Summary


I always love a good Jan Brett book, and at Christmas, that always rings true. In this story, the animals of the forest are getting ready for Christmas Eve. Little Snow is asking questions about Santa, and his brother Big Snowshoe begins answering questions about Santa. The animals of the forest help him to understand how it works through the presents they received and how they hadn't seen footprints in the snow. Little Snow does not believe there is a Santa, but he wants to find out more. Once the animals were all asleep, Big Snowshoe used the ice to make wind chimes, in hope of hearing Santa. When the animals were awakened by the clattering of ice, they see presents dropping from the sky. Who could the animals' Santa be?

Classroom Application

This book is perfect for helping young children draw conclusions. Jan Brett gives so many clues throughout the story to help young readers think about who might be the forest animals' Santa. As always, the pictures show a little bit of what happens in the background, but the story itself gives the reader even better clues. Children of all ages will love the story of The Animals' Santa!

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Drawing conclusions can be a tough skill, but Jan Brett's The Animals' Santa is a perfect book to help young children with this tough concept!


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