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Ho ho homework
2019
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Summary

In this delightful Christmas picture book, Jack's substitute teacher, Mr. Clausen, looks a whole lot like Santa Claus--could he really be Santa?

This jacketed picture book comes with instructions for how to make your own Snowflake Wish!

It's almost Christmas, and Jack's classroom has a new substitute teacher. There's something funny about Mr. Clausen--he seems awfully familiar....Is it his long, white beard? Is it the way his laugh sounds a lot like "Ho, ho, ho"? Or maybe it's his snack of milk and cookies--reindeer-shaped cookies!

Jack's classmates are convinced they know who Mr. Clausen really is, but Jack's not so sure...

Filled with beautiful pictures, humor, and lots of holiday cheer, this story captures all of the magic and mystery that children experience during the Christmas season. In the story, Mr. Clausen teaches Jack and his classmates how to make paper snowflake wishes--and the end of the book shows you how to make your very own!

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PreS-Gr 3--With the Christmas season approaching, Jack is hoping for snow, but every time he looks out the window, he is disappointed. Arriving at school one day, Jack finds a new substitute teacher at the chalkboard. Mr. Clausen bears an uncanny resemblance to a certain jolly holiday figure. He has a white beard, is remarkably patient with children, has a big (even merry) laugh, and enjoys cookies and milk. Jack's classmates suspect that Mr. Clausen is Santa, but Jack is not convinced. After all, everyone likes cookies. When Mr. Clausen has the students write their wishes on paper snowflakes, Jack still wishes for snow. It is never confirmed whether Mr. Clausen is Santa. However, the journey to finding out is a lighthearted exercise in hope and belief in the impossible as Jack wakes up to snow on Christmas morning. The illustrations are bright. The colorful winter apparel, classroom decorated with red and green paper chains, and cozy sweaters will kindle the holiday spirit. After the story, helpful instructions (complete with diagrams) prompt readers to make their own paper snowflakes. VERDICT A cheerful diversion perfect for most picture book holiday collections.--Alyssa Annico, Youngstown State University, OH
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