Book Sharing :: More Christmas Stories & The Road to Oz (a Biography)

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. 

A sweet Christmas picture book was Christmas for a Kitten by Robin Pulver. The kitten reminds us of Sophie.  The story introduces us to a lonely abandoned kitten. Sophie was found lost on the streets of Windsor and brought to the humane society. All ends well with the kitten in this sweet story too. He finds a forever home, just like our Sophie!

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.  


  1. What a fabulous collection of books. My kids would love the one about the kitten. They absolutely ADORE cats! (We have two). I really enjoyed exploring your blog. The photos of PEI are beautiful and you header looks amazing. It looks like my Mom's back "yard"/forest in Manitoba, but we definitely don't have red sand there! I lived in Windsor for 10 years - I lived in Walkerville for a couple years, then Downtown, then in the South End (Dominion and Campbell area - I think,if that makes sense), and then on the West side close to LaSalle. Where did you live when you were there?

    Thanks so much for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop. I'm now following you via GFC, FB, and Twitter. Have a wonderful week! :D

  2. I haven't seen any of the above books and they all look great. Thanks for sharing. I am going to add some books this year to our Christmas collection, going to check these out. Thanks for linking to the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

  3. I love all the art in those books! Thank you so much for sharing the images. Since you liked "Christmas for a Kitten", I would suggest "Priscilla Finds Where She Belongs". It's similar, but for dog lovers :) Thanks so much for joining the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

  4. I love the layout of your page! The pictures give just enough of the story to hook visitors. Thanks for sharing on the Kid Lit Blog Hop. Cheryl co-host


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