Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Holiday Books Day 16: The Spirit of Christmas

Each day leading up to Christmas, I'm going to feature a Children's book that I've really enjoyed and would make a great choice to share with your family for the holidays. It may be one I've loved for years or one I've just recently found, but all would be great additions to your Christmas story list. Hopefully you'll find something to enjoy!

Jacket description:
"Christmas is coming! Bells jingle, sleds dash through the snow, trees are topped with sparkling stars, and children everywhere dream of candy canes and presents. But the best gift of all- the most magical gift of the season- is when we spend Christmas with those we love."

Author Nancy Tillman truly wowed me with On the Night You Were Born, one we read every day to our son, Jacob, during his 4 month stay in the NICU. The Spirit of Christmas is just as beautifully written, focusing on the main reasons we should all be delighted to celebrate the holiday season, while still acknowledging the less complex.
Kids and adults alike look forward to hot cocoa, snowball fights, caroling, sledding, and gifts, but those are only part of what should be on our minds this season. The most important thing of all is spending time with those we love and remembering why we have a "Christmas" to begin with.
I loved the lyrics to popular carols intertwined within the illustrations, also done by Tillman and how the pictures have more to them than what your first glance gives you. A tree in a field filled with snow, is also a candy cane dripping peppermint candies. The birds flying outside the decorated home, have ornament bulbs hanging from their feet. See if you can find the face hidden in each illustration!

This has definitely become my newest "favorite" Christmas story!

The Spirit of Christmas
Nancy Tillman 
32 pages
Picture Book
Feiwel & Friends
September 2009
Copy borrowed from my library

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