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Booktalking "Dewey's Christmas at the Library" by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter
It is Christmas at the library for the kitty! Dewey has come a long way since last winter when he was rescued by Spencer Library director Vicki from the book-return drop. This year he is ready and enthusiastic for Christmas at the library. He loves everything about the season: gift bags, red yarn galore, and a Christmas tree that sports a sign proclaiming, "Dewey loves Christmas."
Dewey runs like a crazy cat throughout the library with a paper bag on his head, then chases after the red yarn as though it were a snake just begging to be caught. Dewey receives picture books about cats and a stuffed cat toy for Christmas. He loves the excitement that the kids that he spends time with in the library feel during the season.
I love the green paw prints over the red background on the insides of the front and back covers of this book.
However, some events depicted in the book can be unhealthy for animals. It is dangerous to have cats or dogs playing in the tree near the tree decorations. Animals should not drink tree water. Also, chocolate and other candies are toxic to dogs and not healthy for cats.
Christmas at The New York Public Library is awesome. The holiday tree at the Schwarzman Building ("the library with the lions") is spectacularly decorated with birds and other decorations. The wreaths that adorn the necks of the lions who guard the front of the historic building have been reinstituted this year.