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The Christmas Humbugs



Last updated Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Author: Colleen Monroe
Date of Publication: 2002
ISBN: 1585361089
Grade Level: 2nd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Dec. 2006

Synopsis: Amazon.com Christmas is coming but someone is playing tricks! Torn stockings and broken candy canes reveal that The Christmas Humbugs have arrived at this holiday home. But do not fear, lively rhymes and merry illustrations by Colleen and Michael Glenn Monroe lift spirits and let readers know that not even the Humbugs can dampen Christmas cheer

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What is meant by the spirit of Christmas? What is the spirit of giving?
•  What are rhyming words? What are some examples of rhyming words? [While you’re reading the story, have the students listen for and point out the rhyming words.]
•  What are your Christmas or other holiday traditions?

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  What is a humbug? Where else have you heard this word? What do you think this book might be about? What does humbug mean? Do you know a humbug?
•  What were the humbugs trying to do? Were they successful?
•  What is the most important part of Christmas?
•  What were some of the rhyming words in the story?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a humbug. Cut a piece of paper into a circle for the body. Cut thin strips and accordion-fold them for legs and arms. Glue on arms and legs; add other “accessories” as desired. (Bring-ahead options: googly eyes, pipe cleaners, pompoms)
•  Write a simple rhyme about someone you care about. Decorate it with Christmas designs.
•  Draw a picture of what your house at Christmas might look like after the humbugs get done with it.
•  Make a humbug mask with green paper.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!