Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Holiday Books You Must Acquire...
From Stacy Nyikos, a family favorite:
The Red Ranger Came Calling by Berkeley Breathed
A total Christmas classic at our house, this picture book is the story that Breathed's father told many years on Christmas eve about the Christmas he spent during the Depression on a Northwest island with his aunt.
His faith in Santa had sorely been tested, its being the Depression and presents being scarce. The particular year was shaping up to be no different. He'd wished for a Red Ranger bicycle but got an old pair of pajamas that his aunt has painstakingly turned into a Red Ranger outfit.
At the same time, he meets an old geezer who truly believes himself to be none other than the jolly Claus himself. And the boy finds himself trusting and believing, despite all of life's experiences that tell him otherwise.
The ending has a neat twist and a surefire conclusion that will have even the most resolute doubters questioning their steadfast views. A must read. We dive into it every year under the tree on Christmas Eve.