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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Home for Christmas

Home for Christmas: Stories for Young and Old is a collection of twenty stories appropriate for family sharing. Authors include Madeline L'Engle, Pearl Buck, Henry van Dyke, Katherine Paterson, Jack Schaefer, Ruth Sawyer and others from familiar children's literature and from unfamiliar European tales. Accompanied by beautiful woodcut illustrations, the stories in Home for Christmas are perfect for reading aloud during the holidays, or anytime.

Chosen carefully for their quality and integrity, these stories resonate with all ages. My children enjoy gathering around for read-aloud time, and these stories are just the right length for reading in one sitting. These stories mesmerize my children, and the wealth of visual imagery they contain keep everyone spellbound: 

"Christmas day dawned cold and clear over the frozen white wonder of the big land. The first light of the morning sun touched the capped peaks of the mountains to the west and moved down them, pink-flushed, and moved over the badlands at their base and a small valley where a three-room house sent smoke drifting up from chimney and stovepipe . . ." (p. 184)

The stories in Home For Christmas evoke different feelings and memories, and they all complement the themes of giving, kindness, love, joy, peace, and good will. I think all of this makes Home for Christmas a wonderful resource.

The publisher provided a review copy for my honest opinions.