We've enjoyed several more Christmas stories from the library this past week. I'd like to share our favourites with you.
The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden was a long picture book. We read it over two evenings. It was a beautiful story of wishing, with an orphan girl and a Christmas doll. The illustrations by Barbara Cooney have that old-fashion look to them. This was a perfect Christmas story shared with my daughters.
The Carpenter's Gift: A Christmas Tale About the Rockefeller Centre Tree by David Rubel is an inspiring book. This story tells us how the tradition of the Rockfeller Centre tree started. I am not sure if this is a completely true story or inspired by real events. I have seen the massive Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Centre years ago. This story also explains Habitat for Humanity. I couldn't find any "based on a true story" mentions anywhere, but the book is written by children's historian David Rubel in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity. Let me know if you find more information.
The story takes place in the winter of 1931. We follow Henry and his unemployed father while they try to sell Christmas trees in New York City. They capture the attention of the workers at the Rockfeller Centre and they give them a wonderful present on Christmas Day.
The last book I am sharing isn't a Christmas one, but we really enjoyed reading it since we just read aloud The Wizard of Oz and saw the musical at the Confederation Centre of the Arts last week.
The Road to Oz: Twists, Turns, Bumps, and Triumphs in the Life of Oz is written by Kathleen Krull. We have enjoyed many of her books, especially her Giants of Science ones. The Road to Oz is the biography of L. Frank Baum, it includes extra notes, sources, and a list of the Oz books.