Thursday, December 18, 2008

Beyond the Grinch...

In talking about Christmas books you may not know, Jen Bradbury offers this:

Since my daughter's birth I've become increasingly convinced that picture book writers are the smartest, most talented people on earth. It takes a special gift to craft a tale that's as entertaining for a two year old as it is for a parent. And even more rare is that story that both parent and child don't mind reading over and over again. And holiday titles are even trickier. But we were lucky enough to stumble upon a winner.

Mem Fox's Wombat Divine quickly earned a spot in our rotation last year after we discovered this gem at our local library. From the first reading we all fell in love with Wombat. He hopes to participate in the nativity, but is too clumsy to be a wise man, too sleepy to play Joseph. By the end of the book, Wombat finds the perfect role to play, and readers (at least the ones in my home) are as satisfied and amused by his casting as he is. It's one of those holiday books that has humor and warmth and a lovely nod to spirit of the season, all without being saccharine. Plus, the book features a cast of Australian animals, demanding read alouds be performed with your best Aussie accent. And what's not to love about that?

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