I confess I am a winter lover. While all my friends are complaining about the cold, I rather enjoy the bleakness, the biting air, cold noses, frosty mornings. I love it while it lasts and by March I'm happily longing for Spring.
So of course I'm wanting snow now. Good down hill sledding, snowman building, snowball fight snow.
Sometimes sweet and simple is best. This book was originally published in 1948. It tells the Christmas story in an easy to read way and ends with the hymn "Away in a Manger". I thought the illustration style looked familiar and sure enough Marc Simont also did the pictures for The 13 Clocks.
As much as I love elaborate illustrations, I also appreciate the simplicity of books like this.
This adorable set has three miniature books by Hilary Knight. We use it to decorate and pack it away with our Christmas things. That way it's a nice treat to pull out every year. Charlotte likes to "read" the books and they are the perfect size for little hands.
This was quite a score at the used bookshop. We love the illustrator Roberto Innocenti and of course he does a fantastic job with this story by Charles Dickens. There are some amazing full two page illustrations. I read somewhere that Innocenti was a self taught artist. Wow. And Dickens never gets old for me.
J.R.R. Tolkien's children sure were lucky! Every year their father would send them a letter from "Father Christmas" complete with beautiful illustrations. The stories involved the antics of the North Polar Bear and various gnomes and goblins. He drew pictures of the North Pole and Father Christmas' house (inside and out), the reindeer and caves where the goblins live. The letters get more elaborate as the years go by and his children get older. In true Tolkien fashion he even writes in Elvish and includes a goblin alphabet.
We loved reading the silly things the North Polar Bear did- the stories are cute and the drawings are great.
This edition shows much of the artwork and most of the letters, but there is a newer edition that includes fuller reproductions of the letters and their envelopes.
I love this idea so much and wish I had started it with my own kids!
I have one husband, three children, two cats and a house full of too many books to count. I love to read, ride my bike, bake, develop my own photographs, and I've been known to neglect all housework to play with my kids.