Wednesday, December 5, 2007

When Christmas Came

We've been reading When Christmas Came by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Wayne Parmenter, at our house at least twice a day.

It is Christmas Eve, and the snow is coming down hard and fast. Will anyone come to the Christmas Eve service?

The minister was there first to shovel and light the candles in preparation. He watched and waited to see if anyone would make it through the blizzard.

The minister wasn't disappointed, because the custodian, Tom Cat, small boy, field mouse, organist, moth, soloist, and ...

"...a stranger came, midnight on her shoulders, snow on her boots. A stranger came, alone, and shivering, to peek past the door. She saw the lights. She felt the warmth. She heard the carols. A stranger came in. A stranger came in. Then Christmas came."

What I Like: I really like everything about this book. It does point away from the materialism of Christmas. The illustrations are just lovely. Each picture is softly and tenderly depicted.

What I Dislike: Nothing!

Overall Rating: Excellent

Age Appeal:
4-8, but my one year old loves it!

Publishing Info:
Ideals Publishing, 2006; ISBN: 0824955072; hardcover, $16.95.

Special Info: Check out Eileen Spinelli's website here.

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