The holidays are coming up on us quicker than you can say “gesundheit”, so if you’re stuck for ideas, let SaskBooks give you some suggestions…in song form!
And a one and a two and a three…!
“On the first day of holidays my true love gave to me, a Partridge in a Pear Tree (Song)”
Tree Song by Ruth Chorney, illustrated by Jillian Sawshyn (7 Springs Books, ISBN 9780993975783, $20.00)
Tree Song presents fun and funny poems for kids! Read along and search for the silly spider hidden on every page.
“On the second day of holidays my true love gave to me, a copy of the Two Trees”
The Two Trees by Sally Meadows, illustrated by Trudi Olfert (Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing, ISBN 9781927756430, $14.95)
The Two Trees tells the story of brothers Jaxon and Syd. Jaxon must learn how to deal with the frustration of having a sibling who is “different”. A valuable children’s book for anybody, but particularly those who wish to learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Regina’s Editions De La Nouvelle Plume produces French books for everyone – from literary titles like Petites nouvelles du Last Best Ouest, to juvenile material like Le Tresor du Wascana, to memoirs like Le Boutte De La Route. If you read French or just want to increase your French skills, you can’t go wrong!
“On the fourth day of holidays, my true love gave to me Four Calling Birds (of Saskatchewan)”
Birds of Saskatchewan by C. Stuart Houston; J. Frank Roy, Alan R. Smith (Nature Saskatchewan, ISBN 9780921104346, $79.95)
Birds of Saskatchewan is the definitive guide to everything winged in the province! Once you see the size of this book, you’ll see why $79.95 is a bargain.
“On the fifth day of holidays, my true love gave to me 5 Gold(eye and Funnyfin)”
Goldeye and Funnyfin by Fannie Kahan, illustrated by Sharon Kahan(Wild Sage Press, ISBN 9780988122949, $25.00)
After a brief hiatus, Wild Sage Press is back. Celebrate by picking up a copy of Goldeye and Funnyfin, an illustrated chapter book that’s fun and funny for children 4-9 and the young at heart.
“On the sixth day of holidays, my true love gave to me Six Saskatchewan Bunnies”
Six Saskatchewan Bunnies by Sharla Griffiths (Sharla Griffiths, ISBN 9781999560003, $17.00)
You’ll see lots of fun and recognizable landmarks in this cute and fun book for little ones. Six Saskatchewan Bunnies features 24-full page illustrations from Sharla Griffiths.
“On the seventh day of holidays, my true love gave to me Seven Scenic Drives”
Saskatchewan’s Best Scenic Drives by Robin and Arlene Karpan (Parkland Publishing, ISBN 9780995087514, $24.95)
See the best that Saskatchewan has to offer from the safety and comfort of your vehicle! Or just enjoy the sumptuous landscape photographer of Parkland Publishing. Either way, Saskatchewan’s Best Scenic Drives is a treat.
“On the eighth day of of holidays, my true love gave to me Eight Maids-a-milking (who were no doubt having “Fun on the Farm”)
Fun on the Farm Series, edited by Deana J. Driver (DriverWorks Ink, ISBN 9781927570302/9780927570371/9781927570630, $17.95/$15.95/$17.95)
See what all the fuss is about with the Fun on the Farm Series, three rip-roaring volumes of true and rib-tickling tales of the fun and foibles that happen down on the farm. These silly situations will keep you in stitches.
“On the ninth day of holidays, my true love gave to me Nine Ladies Dancing” (in My Bones, Board Book)
Dancing In My Bones, Board Book Edition by Wilfred Burton and Anne Patton (Gabriel Dumont Institute Press, ISBN 9781988011196, $15)
Dancing in My Bones is the story of Nolin, who learns about the importance of fiddle music and dancing in Métis culture, and now this touching book is available in Board Book format, tough enough to be loved by the smallest of book lovers.
“On the tenth day of holidays, my true love gave to me Ten Lords a-Leaping (From Left to Right)”
From Left to Right by Dale Eisler (University of Regina Press, ISBN 9780889778641, $34.95)
In From Left to Right, Dale Eisler tracks Saskatchewan’s political evolution from the home of Tommy Douglas to the bastion of the Saskatchewan Party. An interesting read for anyone interested in politics or history.
“On the eleventh day of holidays, my true love gave me Eleven Elephant[s] (On Karluv Bridge)”
The Elephant on Karluv Bridge by Thomas Trofimuk (Thistledown Press, ISBN 9781771872331, $24.95)
The Elephant on Karluv Bridge is whimsical novel set in Prague. How do you feel about a story narrated by a 600 year old bridge? What if that story also includes an escaped zoo elephant who changes the trajectory of every life it crosses? Grappling with some of the biggest questions in life, Trofimuk might have written the perfect book for a particular lover of particular books.
“On the twelfth day of holidays, my true love gave to me the gift of poetry” (G0)
Go by Shelley Leedahl (Radiant Press, ISBN 9781989274675, $20.00)
Food nourishes the body, and art like poetry nourishes the soul. Give the gift of soul nourishment with the poems in Go: lyrical meditations on finding one’s place, experiencing joy, and simply being.
We hope this guide gave you a few ideas, or at least we hope you enjoyed our singing voices!