Sunday, December 2, 2007

Holiday Book #2

The Attic Christmas, written by B.G. Hennessy and illustrated by Dan Andreasen, is a sweet story of Christmas past, present, and future. The Christmas ornaments are the main characters and are owned by Lily, now an older lady. Each year since she was a girl, she has come to take the ornaments down to decorate the tree the weekend after Christmas and they would spend the entire season being loved, played with, and admired. One Christmas, the ornaments do not smell the tell-tale evergreen and gingerbread smells and Lily does not come to take them down. They worry that they will be left in the attic alone, never again taken out for a lovely Christmas season., though are hopeful in believing they may still matter to someone. The ornaments are overjoyed when Lily's son arrives with his grandchildren to live in the house and decorate their own family trees for years to come.

Though death occurs in this story, it is very subtle and never stated as such. Young children may believe that Lily went away, while older children will understand that she was very old and she passed away. Either way, the story of hope is very strong. The ornaments had made so many people happy over the years and hoped that they would be able to continue that tradition. I thought the story was simple and sweet, and the illustrations were beautiful. This would make a nice holiday bedtime story.

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