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!
We bought Advent Storybook by Antonie Schneider illustrated by Maja Dusikova3 years ago, but only last year Smarty 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 Smarty got into our seasonal books some time in August, so she wasn’t too excited to read a familiar book now.
I saw Snowflake Bentley written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin before, but I didn’t think Smarty 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 Smarty even to imagine the camera and the process that was used by Bentley to photograph the wonder of snowflakes.
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.
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.