Short Poems from the North Pole
by Bob Raczka illustrated by Chuck Groenink
published by CarolRhoda Books in 2014
This is a stunning poetry picture book advent calendar- containing 25 short poems with accompanying illustrations.
Now you can peek at Santa’s haiku, one for each day from December 1 to December 25, and catch a glimpse of life at the North Pole. Hear the snow crunch. Smell the gingerbread. And see a side of Santa you’ve never seen before.
This book begs to be read in one sitting….it demands to be gobbled up whole. It is a sensory feast.
I love seeing the industrious elves working alongside santa at his cozy home in the North Pole. Mrs. Claus and Santa seem to glow with happiness- full of delight and anticipation of the joyous reception of their intricately carved gifts.
Simple text reminds me to focus on the wonder of the beauty of the natural elements used to celebrate Christmas- the bushy evergreen tree, the sparkling white and pure snow, the twinkling of tiny yet brilliant December stars- a poignant counterpoint to the glitter and overglam techy Christmas displays present in our urban dwellings- which tend to over stimulate and frankly sometimes leave me feeling depleted and on the verge of a migraine.
Highly recommend this unique picture book- would make a lovely gift for the hard to buy for person on your list…..
Christmas is Here
with words from the King James Bible
illustrated by Lauren Castillo
published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers in 2010
For those who prefer something more traditional- this is a superb choice to share with children.
Directly quoting the story of Jesus Birth taken from the Gospel of Luke 2:8-14 – a young family is drawn to watch a “live” nativity scene taking place in their village square.
Utterly charming- this will make a welcome addition to any family christmas library.
More books coming soon.