Saturday, December 3, 2011
Something for Christmas by Palmer Brown
A little mouse is sad on Christmas Eve. He wants to give someone special something for Christmas, and he wants it to be very special. He has lots of ideas, but none of them are very practical. Luckily, his mother is able to help him understand that it's the thought that counts and sometimes the best gift of all is love.
Something for Christmas is another book in the New York Review Children's Collection. It was originally published in 1958 and has been reissued this year in a lovely edition for a new generation to enjoy. Told in the back-and-forth style of a conversation between the little mouse and his mother, there's an excited energy to the young child and a tender love that radiates from the parent. I usually hesitate before calling a story 'timeless,' and some of the details do somewhat date the story, but I imagine that the central storyline and the themes love will be ones that resonate with this generation and generations to come.
Find it at IndieBound.
Read it with:
Beyond the Pawpaw Trees by Palmer Brown
Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present by Charlotte Zolotow
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney