The book Red and Lulu by Matt Tavares is such a wonderful holiday story with amazing illustrations. If you are not familiar with this book, check it out from the library or order it. You will love it. This book is packed full of teachable moments.
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Red and Lulu
Red and Lulu are two cardinals that live in a large evergreen tree. It was a perfect place for them to live. The tree kept their nest safe and protected them from the weather. Their favorite thing about the tree was when the family whose yard the tree was in, decorated it with lights, and sang O’ Christmas Tree. One day Red left to get breakfast, when he returned the tree was gone! Lulu was gone too!
Red saw the tree strapped to a big truck. He tried to follow the truck to a big city (New York), but was not fast enough to keep up. Red searched for the tree and Lulu in the city for days. Eventually, Red hears the song, O’ Christmas Tree. He follows the sound of the song and discovers his tree all lit up. He also finds Lulu!
At the end of the book, there is a page that tells a bit more about the history of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.
One activity I like to do with my class when we read this story is compare and contrast Red and Lulu’s home in the beginning of the story and the end of the story.
We make an anchor chart with a venn diagram to fill in as a class, and then my students complete their own venn diagram.
Red and Lulu is a must have book to add to you holiday classroom library. You and your students will love this story.