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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Last updated Monday, December 12, 2016

Author: Robert May
Illustrator: Antonio Javier Caparo
Date of Publication: 2014
ISBN: 1442474955
Grade Level: 2nd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Dec. 2016

Synopsis: The original story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer—written in verse by his creator, Robert L. May—now with charming new illustrations! Every year at Christmastime, everyone—young and old alike—has one catchy, joy-inspiring song stuck in their heads: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!" Now fans of the most famous reindeer of all-time can fall in love with the original story, written by Robert L. May in 1939. Rudolph, a youthful reindeer buck who possesses an unusual luminous red nose, is harassed mercilessly and excluded by his peers because of this trait. One particularly stormy Christmas Eve, Rudolph manages to prove himself after Santa Claus catches sight of his nose and asks him to lead his sleigh for the evening. Rudolph agrees, saving Christmas, and is finally treated the way he deserves by his fellow reindeer!

Note to readers:
•  There is some interesting background information about the original Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on the back inside cover.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Do you know the original Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer story?
•  Describe Rudolph. How was he different from other reindeer?


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Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Why was Santa worried? (it will be dark when he delivers the gifts)
•  How did he discover Rudolph? What did he ask Rudolph to do?
•  Did Rudolph help Santa? How?

Craft ideas:
•  Make or draw a Santa, a reindeer or a snowman.
•  Make snowflakes.
•  See ideas or examples on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/readingtokids/december-2016-winter-and-the-spirit-of-giving/

Special activities:
•  Have the students point out similarities and differences between this book and the original Rudolph story?
•  How many Reindeer names do you know? Sing the song.

*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!