|When Santa Was a Baby by Linda Bailey, illustrated by Geneviève Godbout.|
Tundra Books, 2015.
Happy December, dear readers! Happy Advent! November flew by so quickly, did it not? I wish I could say my house is dripping with seasonal decor now, but no. Mr. B's days off are Wednesday and Thursday, which we spent by having two Thanksgiving dinners last week. The weekend was wet and icy, and our Christmas decorations live in the backyard shed, so we decided to wait until this week to bring them in. Mr. B and I will put up the tree tomorrow, saving a few ornaments for the girls. We start week two of our show tomorrow - ten performances to go! Whew!
I do have two bags bursting with seasonal reads from the public library. As far as picture books go, we're running out of new-to-us material. This adorable book, however, was published in October.
It's another Santa origin story, with a retro mid-century feel. The illustrations look as though they could have come from a 1950s Little Golden Book. It's very simple. Mr. and Mrs. Claus (who are so cute!) have a baby. They love him very much, even if he bellows "Ho! Ho! Ho!," instead of gurgling. As he grows, little Santa continues to puzzle his parents. He gives his toys away to the other children. He asks for a reindeer. Although he's fascinated with the chimney, he is always too hot. [Cue bare-bottomed Santa cooling off in front of the fridge.] But Santa has a dream of his own, and one day, he makes it come true.
It's a warm, funny book with such lovely artwork. And Santa's sweet, proud parents are my favorite part.
Stay tuned for more Advent, Christmas and winter fun. I have books and movies to share, my play and our Nutcracker field trip to talk about, a visit to Cowtown and to Lindsborg for Lucia Fest, and so much more. I may not post as often as I used to, but this is MY MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR.
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