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A Yuletide Ice Cube Fair (Big Idea Books / VeggieTales) Board book – September 10, 2003

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It’s that wonderful time of year again—the Yuletide Ice Cube Fair! It’s a time of festivity and fun as veggies gather to munch on snow cones, slurp down Slushies, and ice skate on the frozen pond. But the greatest part of all is the Ice Cube Carving Contest! The veggies have been busy! They’ve carved Christmas feasts, trees, angels, and more. Each one is trying to outdo the other in an effort to win the grand prize! But the smallest of all these ice entries is a carving done by Junior Asparagus—a tiny stable with a shepherd on one knee. Kids will discover that it’s not what’s grand, or bigger, or best that’s most important on Christmas—it’s Jesus!

Sunday morning values, Saturday morning fun. Now that’s the Big Idea! Through imaginative and innovative products, Zonderkidz is feeding young souls

About the Author

Throughout her career, Karen Poth has held various positions in the Children's Entertainment Industry including Vice President of Design at Big Idea/VeggieTales, Product Developer at Walt Disney World, CCO of SpringSprang Studio, and Kid's Innovation Strategist at Hallmark Cards. She holds a master's degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri. She lives with her husband and seven-year-old son in Lenexa, KS.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Big Idea Books / VeggieTales
  • Board book: 18 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (September 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310706300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310706304
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,463,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Karen Poth is the director of design at Big Idea Productions. Prior to coming to Big Idea, she worked for the Disney Design Group in Orlando, FL. She holds a master's degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri. She lives with her husband in Chicago, IL.

Customer Reviews

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Format: Board book
I was excited to read this book to my little ones the excitement is already building up for Christmas. How could it not- every store not only has Halloween items out but Christmas items out as well. My oldest has even started a bit of a countdown so items like this just intensify the anticipation. Yuletide Ice Cube Fair is a Veggietales book from Zonderkidz and it is written by Karen Poth. The book is labeled for children from 4-8 but if your kids love Veggietales and are a little younger or older it will be fine. The book is a rhyming story which always keeps my kid's attention along with the colorful illustrations. In honor of the rhyming I will tell you about the book in rhymes.

The story starts out with a Christmas from the past
The Yuletide Ice Cube Fair everyone had a blast
Activites galore and fun was had by all
Everyone participated from the old to the small
Queens, food, and finally an ice block
A contest would begin a judge watching the clock
A question is posed What does Christmas mean to you?
You must show with the ice what you feel is true
Lessons are learned by each and every veggie
The story itself isn't preachy or heavy
My boys enjoyed the story and hopefully learned some too
If you like Veggietales your children will enjoy this story new

Maybe this wasn't the best rhyme
but thank you for taking the time
To learn more about this book
and I hope you take a look
At Amazon I found this book for $3.03
The link is http://www.amazon.com/Yuletide-Cube-Fair-Books-VeggieTales/dp/031074623X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1412029138&sr=8-2&keywords=yuletide+ice+cube+fair you could put it under the tree

***The review was sponsored by Booklook Bloggers I received this book for free but the opinions are completely my own.
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Children love "Veggie Tale" antics and the Yuletide Ice Cube Fair is perfect for youngsters at Christmas because it emphasizes Jesus, the "real" reason for the season!

The narrative begins and ends with brief scriptures from Luke. In Veggie Tale tradition, the story is told with rhyme and begins with the "Yuletide ice Cube Fair." The much anticipated yearly event includes the "Ice Cube Carving" contest where artists are told—

"With block of ice," he said to all, here's what you should do:
Sculpt in seven hours or less what Christmas means to you."

Illustrations of the newly crowned "Ice Cube Queen," decorated Christmas trees, ice skating veggie characters eating sno-cones and slushies, keep the pages turning while–

"The artists started carving and ice shavings filled the air.
Mayor Bob kept track of time to make sure all was fair."

The story ends with a serious Christmas message—
"Christmas isn't all about the big, the bright, the new.
Christmas time means Jesus—and the love He brought for you."

A beautiful Christmas message, simply told, about the greatest event in human history—the birth of Jesus Christ.
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By Donna Safford on September 30, 2014
Format: Board book
The Yuletide Ice Cube Fair is a very special time of year. The excitement mounts as everyone prepared for the fun and enjoyment of the day. Come, enjoy this new VeggieTale celebration.

Winter brings many things and the Ice Cube Fair is one of them. The towns' folk gather together to enjoy food and games, celebrating the season. They skate, have a burlap sack race, enjoy delicious drinks, and even choose a queen. But the highlight is the ice sculpting contest. Everyone who wants to can take a block of ice and sculpt what Christmas means to them. They have seven hours to do their work. Who will have the winning sculpture?

What a cute book! This is a book that will appeal to parents of preschoolers because of the wonderful pictures and easy to understand words. The poetry is fun to read and the lesson is priceless. If you have young children, this is a great book for your library. That also applies to grandparents and other relatives, as well as young children's ministries and nursery work. I received my review copy from the Book Look program in exchange for an honest review.
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By Julie on October 1, 2014
Format: Board book
I love Veggie Tales!! So do my kids. The second I took this book out of the package, my three year old started squealing. The characters are always cute and engaging, and I love the message.

Like other Veggie Tales book we have read, this one had a rhyming pattern that gave the story an easy rhythm. While most of the story centered around ice sculpture creations, Junior's nativity scene sculpture brought the true meaning of Christmas to light. This sparked a great conversation about why we celebrate Christmas and why Jesus came to Earth. We are always trying to refocus the attention back to Jesus instead of presents around the holidays, and this was another great seed to plant. I think we'll bring it back a few more times between now and Christmas!

I receive books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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My boys are huge Veggie Tale fans! Anything Veggie Tale they see, they want. I am perfectly okay with them wanting books and movies that have values and a good meaning behind it. The new Veggie Tale book Yuletide Ice Cube Fair is a really good book that I read to my son the other night. This book is super cute. It is appealing to the eye wit hall the color and details. The storyline of this book is heart-felt. It teaches the real meaning of Christmas and why we celebrate it. The book is easy for little ones to read, especially with the rhyming lines. My first grader read this with little help from his second grade brother.

(Disclosure: I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.)
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