Sunday, June 8, 2014

"Christmas at Long Pond"

Christmas at Long PondChristmas at Long Pond by William T. George
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My children loved the simplicity of this story with all of it's detailed hand drawings. Lindsay Barrett George illustrates her own husband and son, William and Will Jr., as they track through the northeast Pennsylvania woods to find their Christmas tree one evening. She depicts the deer, owl and woodpecker that both husband and son describe during their night of discovery. This is not a book that promotes the materialism or hyper fantasy normally associated with Christmas elves in fairyland; it reminds me more of a journal entry from a private family album of an illustrator. If readers are building a small collection of Christmas books, this is an excellent story to add because of it's unadorned simple rendition of a winter walk in the woods.

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