Thursday, November 19, 2009

Diane's Top Five Christmas Book Countdown, Part 2

This week's pick is an especially good one in that makes you feel good kind of way:

Eve Bunting's Night Tree is the story of a boy, his family, and their annual ritual of going into the woods on Christmas Eve to decorate a live evergreen for the animals that inhabit the forest.  The boy, his parents, and his younger sister string popcorn and hang fruit for the animals to come feast on once they have departed, while singing carols and sipping hot chocolate on an especially cold winter's night.

Simply, Night Tree is a sweet story about tradition and family and honoring all life.  If you dig deeper, you'll find a touching coming of age story about a boy awakening to the wonder of the world around him-  learning patience with a petulant younger sibling, recognizing and appreciating the sense of comfort and stability that comes from family ritual, understanding what it means to be a steward of the Earth.

I'm pretty sure you'll like it.


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