TITLE: Uncles and Antlers
AUTHOR: Lisa Wheeler
ILLUSTRATOR: Brian Floca
PUBLICATION INFO: Simon and Schuster’s Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2004
INTENDED AUDIENCE: ages 3-6
GENRE: picture book (fiction)
OPENING and SYNOPSIS:
“Seven uncles, every year,
seven uncles travel here —
shaggy coats , scarves of red,
two tall antlers on each head.”
Join seven wacky reindeer uncles and their favorite niece in this adorable Christmas counting book. Whatever could those reindeer be up to?
THEMES/TOPICS: counting, Christmas, holidays
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I happened upon this book at our local library while stocking up for our advent book basket. Brian Floca is one of my favorite nonfiction author/illustrators, and Lisa Wheeler is a perennial favorite (DINO HOCKEY, anyone?). This book is a fun way to work a little counting practice into the Christmas season.
- Lisa Wheeler offers a link to reindeer crafts on her site.
- Older children might enjoy learning more about reindeer in this reindeer investigation.
- Have you tried making some reindeer food for Christmas Eve?
- How about singing “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer?”
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21 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday: Uncles and Antlers”
Oh how funny I’ve got that one in my queue you beat me to it 🙂 Fun book!
Great minds think alike!
Great messy pick!
I need to know what those uncle reindeer are up to!!
It’s pretty cute. The twist at the end caught my little one by surprise.
What a clever idea for a book! Sounds like a lot of fun!
It is very cute. Floca’s illustrations are hysterical.
sounds like a fun time – I know 2 granddaughters who will like this.
I’m sure they will, Laura.
Oh what fun it is to read… this book sounds like a total delight! I’ve just placed a hold on it (how I love our province-wide library system. I have access to so many more books!)
This will make a fun read on Christmas Morning…lol. Love the cover, very eye catching. Thanks Kirsten!
It is very cute. Each reindeer has his own personality.
This book looks like a lot of fun. Hope my library has it 🙂
Me too, since it was published quite some time ago.
Very nice! I want to read it! I love the title. 😀
It’s a cute book. The individual reindeer personalities are hilarious.
I just had to chuckle when I saw the cover! And I love counting books! I’ll have to check this one out! Thanks for sharing.
🙂 It’s super cute. Brian Floca is a brilliant illustrator.
This looks really cute and fun, Kirsten! Thanks so much for adding it to our list. I haven’t read it, but like you I’m a big fan of both author and illustrator, so I’m sure it’s great!