TODDLER STORY TIME
213 Key Deer Blvd. Big Pine Key
Join us for stories, songs, crafts, and fun at the Big Pine Key Library. This week’s story is “The Night Before Christmas” by Clement Clarke Moore and Robert Sabuda. The ingenious Robert Sabuda returns for yet another inspired pop-up book that retells Clement Clarke Moore’s classic yuletide rhyme.
Sabuda remains a master of the medium, constructing a series of varied and well-engineered scenes: Santa pops in and out of the chimney, beds fold out, a window shade rises and falls, and, in a clever nod to Moore’s not-a-creature-was-stirring text, it’s a family of mice who are receiving Santa’s nighttime visit. A pull-out tab even lets readers interact, when Santa’s sleigh glides out on the clouds and over an intricately realized village. It’s hard to pick a favorite scene here, but you can bet that kids will love the book’s pop de résistance, in which Santa’s lead reindeer nearly fly right up your nose (if they don’t knock you out of your chair first).