My Big Christmas Book
Here's an odd little book for you. Of course, it isn't little at all. As the name implies, this is a big book. Just look at the contents.
My Big Christmas Book is by Hayden McAllister and was published by Peter Haddock, Ltd. in 1983. And that, my friends, is all the book has to say. No illustrator credit is given, although the illustrations clearly look to be in a style more popular in the '60s and '70s than in the '80s. I played with Google, checking every sale listing and blog post I could find about the book. There were actually quite a few, as this seems to be a childhood favorite of many. (Mine is a recent acquisition.) Finally, I found a post about the book over at Danielle Thompson's awesome blog, and she said the illustrations are by a German artist named Gisela Gottschlich. I'm not sure how she found that out, but Google image search did pull up some very similar illustrations, including this one, which is a story in this book!
The book is full of poems, stories, songs, recipes, and craft projects. The final section of the book is an Advent story, with songs and crafts interspersed throughout. If I have a complaint about the book, it is that it clearly lacks diversity, despite the fact it came out in the 1980s. There is one person of color in the whole book, and she is a craft project. A-hem.
However, the illustrations are charming and the crafts and recipes are quaint and sweet, the one I mentioned above aside.
I do wonder if there wasn't a second illustrator that was "borrowed" from for this book. The sixth illustration down has a different look, for example. Who knows?! If anyone knows anything more about this book, let me know. I'm curious.