A Bit of Applause for Mrs. Claus {Review and Giveaway}

by Michelle M

At Christmas, I always feel like Mrs. Claus gets short shrift. Yes, Santa is the one who is out delivering all the toys, but she always seems relegated to the background cooking or waiting or ensuring Santa is warm and comfortable. It isn’t exactly the world image of a wife I want either of the wee ones to have. A Bit of Applause for Mrs. Claus by Susie Schick-Pierce, Jeannie-Schick Jacobowitz, and Muffin Drake-Policastro helps provide a different image.

When Santa is sick with the flu, Mrs. Claus does what every woman would do. She steps into the gap and takes over from writing his letters to – yes – baking cookies to wrapping presents. As she’s about to head out to deliver the toys to all the good girls and boys, she trips but that doesn’t stop her. Santa ends up feeling well enough for his traditional duty by the end of the story, and Mrs. Claus can finally relax.

The story is fairly simple and meant for younger children as a sweet story, more to read to them than to read on their own. I have to give it props for using one of my favorite words “hullaballoo” though the book is not the most cleverly written in general. I love the idea of Mrs. Claus playing a bigger role in Christmas and in Santa’s life.

The illustrations that accompany each page of the book are the highlight. They are bright and cheery, and they help bring the story to life. They help reinforce that this is a Christmas book meant for a younger set, fitting in quite well with the story itself. The book is sweet, and I can easily see adding this to our traditional Christmas collection, one we add to year after year.

As sweet as this is – and as much as this message hits home with moms – I can see purchasing this book as a gift for other harassed moms who feel their efforts go unappreciated. The rhymes are sure to bring a smile to any mom’s face. As whimsical as it is, I have a feeling it would be better appreciated by an adult than my children.

That said, if this helps Mister Man or Little Miss gain a better sense that their Mommy isn’t the only woman who works hard and can be the hero, all the better.

One of you can win a copy of A Bit of Applause for Mrs. Claus. Just follow the instructions in the rafflecopter below. We’ll announce the winner in our book review giveaway column on December 16.

The winner of Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook is Anne L.

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Book Reviewer Michelle isn’t above using books to help reinforce messages she wants the wee ones to absorb. You can see how well those messages are sinking via her blog Honest & Truly!



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Michelle is a stay at home mom of Mister Man (8) and Little Miss (6). When she's not out volunteering or running children to therapy or practices, you can find her in the kitchen or on her personal blog Honest & Truly where there's always a good story or new recipe or at her review blog Honest And Truly Reviews. You can also connect with her on Twitter.

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{ 52 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cindi December 2, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Decorating our home inside and out makes the beginning
of the holiday season very festive!
Thanks, Cindi

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2 angie December 2, 2012 at 9:48 pm

believe it or not I love wrapping christmas gifts on christmas eve

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3 Wendy December 2, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Going through my Christmas card list and thinking of all of our family and friends.

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4 Chelsea December 3, 2012 at 12:25 am

I love baking for Christmas

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5 Terra Heck December 3, 2012 at 3:06 am

My favorite is wrapping the presents. I like to make them look nice and neat. It’s also soothing and relaxing for me to wrap presents. Thanks.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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6 Janet W. December 3, 2012 at 5:22 am

My favorite is decorating the Christmas tree!

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7 Barbara Platt December 3, 2012 at 6:18 am

I love buying presents

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8 Michelle December 3, 2012 at 6:44 am

I enjoy baking cookies for Christmas

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9 amyc December 3, 2012 at 7:04 am

Baking cookies with my daughter.

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10 Janet December 3, 2012 at 7:07 am

Decorating the tree and putting up the outside lights are my favs!

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11 Janet December 3, 2012 at 8:01 am

I love lights inside and out! So decorating is so fun and gets the family in such a great mood.

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12 Anne December 3, 2012 at 9:40 am

giving gifts is so special.

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13 Liz December 3, 2012 at 10:11 am

I love putting up our tree!

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14 Garrett December 3, 2012 at 10:16 am

Decorating my apartment for the holidays.

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15 Staci A December 3, 2012 at 11:49 am

I love decorating the tree!

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16 Chip December 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Decorating the tree and putting up the outside lights are my favorite.

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17 Kerrie Mayans December 3, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Making sugar cookies and candies.

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18 gaitha December 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm

decorating and baking :)

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19 Justine December 3, 2012 at 3:06 pm

I enjoying finding gifts my loved ones will enjoy.

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20 samantha w December 3, 2012 at 3:21 pm

putting up the tree and wrapping all the gifts

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21 Melissa L. December 3, 2012 at 6:05 pm

I love cooking and baking at Christmas!

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22 Anne N. December 3, 2012 at 6:19 pm

I love decorating the Christmas tree.

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23 Narathip Wall. December 3, 2012 at 8:13 pm

I love getting the tree and prepare Turkey!!!

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24 Lawanna December 3, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Getting out the Christmas music!

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25 Patricia Wojnar Crowley December 3, 2012 at 10:38 pm

I love hanging lights outside!

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26 June December 4, 2012 at 10:44 am

Playing my Christmas CD’s while decorating the tree.

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27 Mary Somerville December 4, 2012 at 11:37 am

The baking is my favorite part!

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28 Missy December 4, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I like baking cookies

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29 sindy murray December 4, 2012 at 12:50 pm

getting the kids dress and the food!

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30 Van December 5, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Putting up our tree, and eating Christmas cookies too.

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31 wendy rozema December 6, 2012 at 9:49 am

baking is my favorite!!

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32 Chuck December 6, 2012 at 10:20 am

Our big Christmas dinner with the whole family.

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33 Heather December 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Putting up the tree and the outside lights.

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34 Kelsey Apley December 6, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Baking Goodies for friends and family!

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35 Kelley F December 7, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Baking gingerbread men cookies!!!

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36 Megan Parsons December 7, 2012 at 9:02 pm

I love the shopping!

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37 Jennifer M. December 7, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Decorating the Christmas tree

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38 Idaho Jill December 8, 2012 at 11:04 am

putting up the tree

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39 Amy December 8, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Turning on lights each evening.

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40 nannypanpan December 8, 2012 at 10:33 pm

decorating the tree
nannypanpan@gmail.com

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41 Lori D. December 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Having holiday music playing while decorating.

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42 Jblanton December 9, 2012 at 8:40 pm

decorating outside and inside

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43 Jen F December 9, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Decorating and making holiday cookies with my daughter!

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44 Angela E. December 10, 2012 at 10:36 am

Going Christmas shopping.

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45 ANGEL JACKLYN December 10, 2012 at 9:32 pm

HANGING THE ICICLES THAT LIGHT UP THE HOUSE!

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46 EMMA L HORTON December 11, 2012 at 4:47 pm

DECORATING THE CHRISTMAS TREE

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47 allie December 11, 2012 at 6:23 pm

I like buying presents

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48 Don December 11, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Helping with wrapping the presents.

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49 ryan minton December 11, 2012 at 8:52 pm

decorating the christmas tree

rypm25@aol.com

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50 Angela P December 12, 2012 at 12:15 pm

My kids and I baking holiday treats with Grandma!

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51 Michelle B December 13, 2012 at 8:37 am

Decorating the Christmas tree

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52 Michelle Tucker December 15, 2012 at 12:48 am

Decorating our tree. This year we don’t have one up though:(

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