Saturday, December 3, 2011

I enjoy reading Christmas books with my daughter. There is so much magic and mystery in the season that even my otherwise logical daughter gets into the mood and starts writing to Santa. I am going to review some of our favorites in the next few weeks. I was traveling this week, so apologies for not responding to WMCIR posts from the last week. I will try to catch up!

Advent StorybookWe bought Advent Storybook by Antonie Schneider illustrated by Maja Dusikova3 years ago, but only last year Anna could  really connect to the stories. I like the approach of the book – short stories for each day of the month. It’s a nice addition to our usual nightly reading. Majority of other books on my reading plan are secular books, but this one will help us stay with A Reason for a Season theme. The only problem is that Anna got into our seasonal books some time in August, so she wasn’t too excited to read a familiar book now.

Snowflake Bentley

I saw Snowflake Bentley written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin before, but I didn’t think Anna is old enough to appreciate the story. What makes this book so special though are illustrations by Mary Azarian. The story is pretty fascinating, especially for the modern day and age of digital photography. It was hard for Anna even to imagine the camera and the process that was used by Bentley to photograph the wonder of snowflakes.

Snowmen At Christmas

Snowmen at Christmas (part of the series by now) is a book that we don’t own but like enough to get out of the library every year. The story is better suited for preschoolers, but, just like in the other book, illustrations by Mark Buehner make the book magical. I am hoping to extend both this book and Snowflake Bentley by art projects later in a month. We also read a lovely book from our own library called Little Bear’s Special Friend.

Christmas Treasury

Another new book in our seasonal library is Christmas Treasury. As you can guess from the title, it’s a collection of beautifully illustrated classic Christmas stories. Some of them, such as The Little Match Girl, are somewhat modified from their original content. I remember this story as the saddest I ever read in my young childhood, but perhaps I just couldn’t quite connect to the fact that she went to God when I was reading it as a young child raised in an atheist family.

12 comments:

Mom and Kiddo said...

ha ha! I wrote a Christmas book post, too -- as I imagine many others are also doing! :)

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I cried and cried for the Little Match Girl when I was a child - I think I saw it in cartoon form, though and not in print.

Mamma_volipindarici said...

Very interesting! I'm going to find them!

Thank you!

SarahElisabeth said...

I've heard of Snowflake Bentley before. It will definitely have to be added to the wish list now!

MaryAnne said...

I love the illustrations in "Snowmen at Christmas"!

Katie said...

I will have to look for Snowflake Bentley it sounds right up my alley.
Katie

Alina Stefanescu Coryell said...

I'd love it if you would add your holiday books to my holiday book linky party. You have so many treasures to share....

Ticia said...

I originally read a rewrite of the Little Matchgirl and it was so incredibly disturbing I refuse to read the original.

I'd probalby cry at that one too.

For some reason I have a hard time getting past the cover of Snowmen at Christmas, and I don't know what it is, it just seems scary to me.

Jackie H. said...

We did Snowmen at Christmas too this week! The treasury of Christmas stories sounds great. We might try that in a few years. I agree, though, the little Match girl... sad!

Julie said...

We have several Christmas books but I don't think we've read any of those. I'll have to look for them on our next trip to the library.

hey said...

I just picked-up "The Secret Life of a Snowflake" for our January book GIVEAWAY. The author, Ken Libbrecht, is a scientist that studies snowflakes under a microscope and takes photographs of the amazingly beautiful crystals. This book is so cool!

jeannine: waddleeahchaa.com

Elise said...

Such a diverse range of books. Something for everyone here.

I have purchased a few more books to add to our Christmas collection this year. All classic Christmas stories. What sold me on each of the books we now have is the illustrations. I can't go past beautiful, detailed illustrations that capture the awe and wonder of the season.