Wednesday, December 12
This year choosing a Christmas book for my girls was difficult. My almost 9 year old loves the tradition of the Christmas books but really doesn't want to listen to me read them anymore. She'll gather a pile of them up and bring them into her room and read them to herself, though. My 6 year old is still there, asking me to read them to her.
Other than my oldest's changing preferences I found it challenging to find a good, meaty story. Not a novelty book or one where the story is secondary to the illustrations. A meaningful, well-written, story - like The Polar Express, Mr Willoby's Christmas Tree or Santa's Book of Names. I browsed at a couple book stores (shopping online doesn't lend itself to this kind of gift selection) and just didn't find the book.
In the end I just went with Ella Bella Ballerina and The Nutcracker because I liked the illustrations and because of my emotional attachment to The Nutcracker (which we're seeing again this year!!) My almost 9 year old didn't even look through it and my 6 year old listened to it once. Maybe they'll grow fond of it the longer it is around.
In Ella Bella Ballerina and The Nutcracker, Ella Bella is magically swept into the Nutcracker ballet by Clara. The magic happens in her ballet studio after her teacher, Madam Rosa, announces that the class will be performing the Nutcracker. Clara takes Ella Bella by the hand and together they experience the Nutcracker.
Previous Christmas Book posts here.