children's books for the Christmas season
LEIGH SABINE, contributing editor
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22, 2014 -- The days and weeks before Christmas build with growing anticipation
in our children.
year, I try to find ways to deepen my children's understanding of their
faith and the intent behind our family Christmas traditions. Picture books,
stories and chapter books have been gifted to us over the years and have
become cherished keepsakes during the days of Advent.
25 favorite Christmas books from Pluff
Mud Kids to help create your own tradition:
Christmas Book, by Dick Bruna. Handed down in our family from British
relations, this picture book is a simple story to introduce toddlers
and preschoolers to the birth of Jesus. Introduces key vocabulary such
as shepherd, Bethlehem, frankincense and myrrh.
Lift-the-flap Nativity. This Scholastic story of the birth of Jesus
presents an interactive read aloud.
Carpenter's Gift, by David Rubel. A beautifully illustrated story
of the Rockefeller Center Tree highlighting the tradition of the Christmas
Houseful of Christmas, by Barbara Joosse. The story of one lovable
Granny who shelters her family from an unexpected Christmas snow storm.
Stays Up For Christmas, by Karma Wilson. A PMK favorite for many
years. This is an unbeatable price for a hardcover book that will be
reread each year and passed along to the next generation.
Polar Express. Chris Van Allsburg's masterpiece of Christmas adventure
highlighting the magic of Christmas for those who truly believe.
Farm. by Mary Lyn Ray. Ever wonder about the process that brings
a traditional Christmas tree from farm to living room? This is the book
we're sharing with friends this year as it is such an important lesson
to grasp for those who bring live trees into their homes to decorate.
Christmas Carol, with fresh illustrations by Brett Helquist that
enliven Charles Dickens' classic tale.
of the Stars, by Sally Lloyd-Jones. A charming depiction of the
story of Christmas told through the eyes of the animals honoring the
arrival of "Heaven's Son." The epic illustrations make this
a perfect gift.
Twelve Days of Christmas. Hilary Knight's illustrations make each
page something to savor as you read aloud with your children.
Crazy Christmas Angel Mystery, by Beverly Lewis. Featuring "The
Cul-De-Sac Kids", this chapter book for grade school kids is perfect
to cuddle up with on a cold night.
Scarry's Christmas Mice. Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers with
mice hidden in every picture.
Christmas Memory, by Truman Capote. A longer story for older children
to appreciate this classic tale of Christmas memories.
Christmas Blizzard, by Helen Ketteman. A lighthearted look at Christmas
with hilarious illustrations starring Santa Claus.
Wind In The Willows Christmas.
This is a longer story for older children, perfect for a winter day
at home. Michael Hague's warm illustration's make it a favorite.
Trees, by Carole Gerber. This is the ideal book to read aloud before
you choose a Christmas tree. Helps children learn to identify seven
types of trees in a winter forest.
Littlest Christmas Tree, by R.A. Herman. Even the smallest of trees
finds a perfect home in this ideal short bedtime story.
Biggest Christmas Tree Ever. Steven Kroll's adorable mice return
in this tale of the search for the perfect Christmas tree.
Mitten, by Jan Brett. A favorite story for decades, this story is
one to keep and pass along.
Berenstain Bears and The Joy of Giving. An inexpensive book with
a powerful message. A preschool favorite we still read every year to
highlight the real reason for the season.
Wish To Be A Christmas Tree, by Colleen Monroe. Gorgeous pictures
and a rich story make a great combination in this new classic.
Be Home For Christmas, by Holly Hobbie. Preschool favorites Toot
and Puddle have an adventure while they await the arrival of Christmas.
Twelve Days of Christmas, as illustrated by Jade Fang. Told with
Animotion picture inserts that bring this story to life while adhering
to the classic lines.
Is Coming To Our House? This is such a sweet story of the arrival
of the baby Jesus - a great story for older children to read to younger
Gave Us Christmas. A little cub wonders "Who invented Christmas?"
You will love how simply this book outlines the story of the reason
for celebrating Christmas.
Leigh Sabine of Mount Pleasant offers a monthly look at fun activities
for Lowcountry kids. It's based on her great blog, PluffMudKids.
Check it out.
the lessons of the Stinney ruling
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2014 -- There's a learning moment for South Carolina lawmakers in the
case of George Stinney Jr., the 14-year-old Clarendon County boy railroaded
to execution in 1944.
Beaufort County judge on Dec. 16 vacated the murder conviction of the
young African American teen-ager. In April 1944, just a month after being
arrested for the deaths of two white girls, an all-white jury spent 10
minutes deliberating after a two-hour trial before convicting Stinney.
His court-appointed defense lawyer mostly stood by, filing no appeals
or requests for a stay of execution. In June, less than three months after
the murders, the state electrocuted Stinney, the youngest person executed
in the country in the last century.
another lowlight of the Jim Crow South. Stinney's family fled Clarendon
County, just like others did a few years later after black parents filed
a lawsuit seeking to overturn "separate but equal" education.
That case, first filed in 1947, was the foundation of the landmark Brown
v. Board decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that ended segregated
Judge Carmen T. Mullen vacated the Stinney conviction based on a 600-year-old
legal remedy of common law that is so rarely used that many have never
heard of it. The extraordinary remedy, called a writ of coram nobis, was
applicable because of fundamental due process errors that aren't generally
found in modern cases. In the Stinney case, for example, the writ was
used because the conviction "was obtained by unfair or unlawful methods
and no other corrective judicial remedy is available." (Read
Judge Mullen's ruling.)
worrying that inmates incarcerated today in jails and state prisons will
flood courts using this due process writ shouldn't get hot and bothered.
It won't apply because there are lots of other judicial remedies available.
what should be instructive to citizens and especially state lawmakers
is that South Carolina has finally recognized that it did something very
wrong 70 years ago as America was focused on the D-Day invasion of France
in World War II. This week's ruling won't bring back George Stinney Jr.
It won't erase the fact that the teen's family never saw him alive again
after he was arrested in March 1944 -- not while he sat afraid in jail,
not during the trial and not as he waited to die.
however, does accomplish two things. First, it provides some solace and
closure to family members who are still alive. And second, it shows how
South Carolina can face its past and admit a wrong.
Carolina General Assembly can lead the way. There are dozens of problems
in this state that are legacies of Jim Crow days that have never been
effectively battled. It's time to right those wrongs, once and for all.
It's time to do more than just what businesses and special interests want.
It's time to provide good opportunities for the downtrodden, the "least
of these" as described in the Book of Matthew.
where to focus? Just look the state's high poverty rate, challenged education
system and high incarceration rate (13th
highest in the country at 473 prisoners per 100,000 people in 2011).
racism of 70 years ago in treatment of George Stinney unfortunately lingers
today in institutions," said Victoria Middleton, executive director
of the American Civil Liberties Union of South Carolina. "We continue
to see more children of color bear the brunt of harsh school discipline
practices and juvenile sentencing."
for many to talk about race and the enduring effects of racism. But from
a policy perspective, it's time to move forward and look at institutional
racial disparities across the Palmetto State. And for that, state lawmakers
should lead the way.
is the one area where the legislature can have the most immediate impact
-- to commit dollars to right a 100-year-old wrong," said the Rev.
Joseph Darby, a presiding elder with the AME church and longtime Charleston
civil rights activist.
leaders need to broaden their policy focus beyond partisan politics. They
need to think beyond labels and hot-button issues. Now is the time to
absorb the big picture and then focus on proactive ways to shed the legacies
of the past.
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THANKS and HaTpy Holidays!
Archie Burkel, Hat Ladies of Charleston, James Island, S.C.
fees on mopeds, trailers
your article in West
Of having to do with our roads. You offer some suggestions on
how to fix our roads, among them raising our gas tax, registration fees,
sales tax, etc.
a great idea. Why not have all mopeds and trailers be registered and insured?
I'm sure this would raise more funds than we need to get our roads fixed.
After all, they use our roads and don't contribute to their upkeep.
Frank Giovannone, Charleston, S.C.
note: Mr. Giovannone is correct that this would raise needed revenue,
but not to the scale that's needed because of years of underinvestment.
If there are 100,000 mopeds and trailers and each are taxed $100, the
state would reap $10 million. But as we've discussed, the state needs
an extra $1.5 billion a year to keep up with maintenance and needs.
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Museum gets $150,000 foundation grant
and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation donated $150,000 to the Gibbes
Museum of Art to support the installation of the museum's miniature
portrait collection in its renovated building.
are thrilled to receive this grant from the Donnelley Foundation for the
installation and preservation of the miniature collection," said
Gibbes Museum of Art Executive Director, Angela Mack. " The first-ever
American miniatures were painted in Charleston, and today the Gibbes is
home to one of the most prestigious American portrait miniature collections
in the country."
A major highlight of the newly renovated museum will be a dedicated gallery
space featuring the nationally-acclaimed collection of portrait miniatures.
With more than 600 miniature portraits, the Gibbes' collection is the
third largest in the United States and ranks in quality among those of
the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University Art Gallery and the Smithsonian
American Art Museum.
display cases featuring accessible open storage drawers will allow visitors
to experience, up-close, nearly three hundred portrait miniatures by some
of America's most significant painters while simultaneously providing
custom microclimates to preserve this sensitive collection.
of Boats winners. "Pawsitive Latitude," a 65-foot sailboat
from Waxhaw, N.C., and captained by Brian Clark, won the best-in-show
award in the 2014 Charleston Parade of Boats, officials announced last
of spectators, including hundreds at the first-ever viewing party
by the Rotary Club of Charleston, lined the Cooper and Ashley rivers
to watch the captains and crews with their colorful sailboats and
powerboats. At the club's party, member Catherine Jones of Charleston
won a $36,000 Sea Fox Viper power boat.
sailboat winners were "Manta," aka "Yahooo" (second
place) a 45-foot Charleston boat captained by Rusty Day, and "Naut
On Call" (third place), a 38-foot Hanahan vessel captained by
Eddie Evans. In the power category, first place went to "Carolina
Sunrise," a 28-foot boat from Whittier, N.C., captained by Jeff
and Jenny Kegler; second place went to "Nauti Time," 23
feet, of Summerville, captained by Brian James; and third place went
to "Goombay," 24 feet, of Folly Beach, captained by James
books for young kids in 29407. Parents and caregivers of children
4 years old and younger who live in West Ashley's 29407 zip code can
now receive free books by mail by enrolling in a program by Begin With
Books, the Charleston County affiliate of Dolly Parton's Imagination
Library. The program provides free, age- and developmentally-appropriate
books by mail to help families discover the world of reading. The volunteer
organization currently mails books to more than 2,000 children monthly
throughout Charleston County.
forms are available at www.beginwithbooks.org,
via email at email@example.com
and, after January 7, at the West Ashley and St. Andrew's branches
of Charleston County Public Library. More
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River system forms the western boundary of South Carolina and drains water
from portions of North Carolina and Georgia as well as South Carolina.
Rivers that help to form it are the Chattooga, Tugaloo, and Keowee. The
Savannah River empties into the Atlantic Ocean at Savannah, Georgia. Like
the Santee, the Savannah River system has been dammed in several places,
forming massive man-made lakes. The Savannah is the only river system
in South Carolina in which large ships can travel upstream for any distance.
third river system in South Carolina is the Pee Dee, which is the only
system in the state left undammed. Rivers that form the Pee Dee system
include the Great Pee Dee, Little Pee Dee, Waccamaw, Black, and Lynches.
Two smaller rivers, the Sampit and Pocotaligo, are also part of the Pee
Dee system, which enters the Atlantic Ocean at Winyah Bay in Georgetown.
Some of the most beautiful rivers in the state are those that begin on
the coastal plain. Because they move slowly over the low relief of the
coastal plain to the Atlantic, they do not transport large amounts of
sediment. As a result, they are clearer than the rivers that cross the
Piedmont. Tannic acid in the organic matter found in these rivers gives
them a dark cast, and so they are known as "black rivers." The
North and South Forks of the Edisto River begin in the Sandhills in Lexington
and Aiken Counties and end at the Atlantic at Edisto Island. Edisto is
the largest of the black rivers in South Carolina and one of the most
pristine. Several state parks have been built along its banks to accommodate
recreational uses. Other black rivers include the Waccamaw, Black, Pocotaligo,
Salkahatchie, Combahee, Coosawhatchie, Ashley, Cooper, and Ashepoo.
Other rivers of importance in South Carolina include those relatively
small mountain streams that provide the scenic beauty of rapids and waterfalls.
South Carolina has a favorable climate with sufficient rainfall and a
high relief, which has endowed it with natural waterfalls in the upstate.
There are more than fifty waterfalls in the state, primarily in the Blue
Ridge and upper Piedmont in Oconee, Greenville, and Pickens Counties.
The spectacular Whitewater Falls in Oconee County has the highest series
of falls in eastern North America. Many of the falls have been protected
through the establishment of state and county parks.
from the entry by Carolyn H. Murphy. To read more about this or 2,000
other entries about South Carolina, check out The
South Carolina Encyclopedia by USC Press. (Information used by permission.)
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Third best light
Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park is the third Best
Public Lights Display in the United State, according to a panel of experts
and readers of USA Today in the 10Best
Readers' Choice Award contest!
According to the
site, "visitors enjoy a driving tour of more than 700 displays and
2 million lights. The event also offers the chance to park the car and
see lights up close on a holiday train, ride a Victorian carousel, sample
treats from Santa's Sweet Shoppe and admire seasonally-themed sand sculptures
and gingerbread houses."
1. Festival of
Lights, Mission Inn Hotel and Spa, Riverside, Calif.
2. Nights of Lights,
St. Augustine, Fla.
3. Holiday Festival
of Lights, James Island, S.C.
4. Holiday Lights
Show, Coeur d'Alene Resort, Idaho.
5. Fantasy in Lights,
Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Ga.
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ON THE CALENDAR
Free legal clinic, 6 p.m., Jan. 15. A free clinic
on family law issues will be held at Dorchester Road Regional Library
in North Charleston. More.
Reflecting on Dr. King: The CSO Gospel Choir and CSO Spiritual
Ensemble will bring the life of legendary civil rights leader Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. to life during two Reflection Tribute Performances on
Jan. 17, 2015. There will be a 3 p.m. matinee, followed by a 7
p.m. performance at the Cathedral of Praise, 3790 Ashley Phosphate Road,
North Charleston. The event, in collaboration with the North Charleston
Cultural Arts Department, is free, but requires a ticket, which can be
picked up at the arts department in North Charleston, the main library
or Cathedral of Praise.
Genealogy, 6 p.m., Jan. 22. The Charleston County Public
Library will offer "Uncovering Untold Stories: African American Genealogy
for Beginners and Skeptics," at the Main Library in Charleston. More.
(NEW) Healthy eating,
2 p.m., Jan. 24. You can learn more about healthy eating for the
new year at a one-hour presentation at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library.
MISS THESE EVENTS EITHER
Medal of Honor
Bowl: 2:30 p.m., Jan. 10, 2015, at Johnson Hagood Stadium,
The Citadel, Charleston. You can support the second-annual event by purchasing
a ticket for just $15 and, if you show up, you'll have a chance to win
a brand new Mercedes sedan. Read more from our
Learn more online at: MOHBowl.com.
The Charleston County Public Library will host a free three-day workshop
featuring the internationally-renowned Center for Digital Storytelling
to help people learn to use today's technology to preserve stories. The
Jan. 22-24 workshop will include scriptwriting, image preparation,
voiceover recording and editing. Because of limited space, individuals
or pairs who want to enter have to submit a video or written essay on
why they want to participate. Applications are due by Dec.
8:30 a.m. to noon, every Wednesday and Saturday. This is the time
of year that a great variety of migrating birds fly through the Lowcountry
so what better time to take part in one of the regular early morning bird
walks at Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel. Pre-registration is suggested.
Cost is $5. Walks also are conducted on James Island and Folly Beach.Learn
Christmas at Magnolia
More Wi-Fi in parks
Reynolds: Festival of Lights
RiverDogs' photo essay
Moredock: New station
pets, kids in hot cars
County's greenbelt plan
Dolphin's new owner
Winning poster prize
Take 5 campaign
Play on bishop's murder
CIVIL WAR HISTORY
of Honey Hill
of the Hunley
a boat for holidays
tips from Fla. weekend
box won't fix board
the work ethic
we vote on Tuesdays
offers romp on Trace
on putting people first
finding column topics
of 2nd Reconstruction
to a camper
says S.C. like Africa
more on civil rights
trip to Wyoming
drama at capitol
is for dysfunctional
more open in helping
an app for that
takes a virtual village
IRA traps to avoid
and being older
the Personal Property Memo
time: great gift for seniors
and your future
on estates, wills
for wartime vets
to help seniors cope
step in health care
invest in Charleston
now there is hope
"thanks" of Thanksgiving
of rising bond market
happens when rates rise
PLUFF MUD KIDS
books for kids
fun for all
run/walks for family
berries, making jam
and music for kids
break ideas in S.C.
great outings for limited times
activities to do
ways to preserve history
of spring abound
new in Charleston is old
a trail in 2013
11/3: Harris: Accidentals
10/6: Meyers: back
from the woods ...
9/1: Hagerty: Twinzilla
8/4: Lamkin: A
rose for my mother
7/7: Amaker: Out
6/9: Wentworth: Path
to the Beach