The Spirit of Christmas

This is one sentimental Christmas book. But I love it. Booklist: “In rhymed verse and a first-person voice, [Nancy Tillman‘s] narrator begins: ‘I had just nodded off, / at a quarter past four, / when the Spirit of Christmas / stepped in through my door.’ The ‘Spirit’ conjures up scenes, symbols, smells, and tastes of the season that are encapsulated in spare, rhythmic words: ‘Candy cane tongues / and marshmallow mustaches. / Everyone caroling songs of goodwill.’ A toy-soldier band, a lion and lamb, snow angels, and Santa Claus are beautifully depicted and lead to the Christmas tree and the message behind the celebration. The Spirit reminds the narrator, ‘Remember, this all began with a child. / Because it took nothing but love to begin it, / it’s not really Christmas if love isn’t in it.'” The narrator then asks the child to spend every Christmas with her. Each time, I melt. Giggle factor: not applicable. Adult enjoyment: this is a very beautiful book, but if you are not a fan of sugar plums, it may not be for you. Illustrations: five jelly jars.

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~ by kaychubbuck on December 11, 2010.

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