Can you believe it’s already November? Christmas decorations have already been set up in department stores and I still haven’t thrown away the rotting jack-o-lantern on my front porch. Little-by-little I’m starting to get in the Christmas spirit. In fact just this week I read two great Christmas stories that tempted me to break out the Christmas decorations.
First I read The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. I’ve actually never read this story even though it was written in 1816. I was familiar with the story of The Nutcracker from the ballet adaptation but never actually read the whole story. Well I finally read The Nutcracker and the Mouse King and it is delightful. How could I have missed this timeless story. What I liked about this particular book is Gail De Marcken’s artwork that beautifully illustrates E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic. It is quiet a lengthy story so I suggest spreading it out over a couple of readings for the kids.
Secondly, I read The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson and illlustrated by Jon J Muth. I found this book to be a much easier read as it can be finished in one sitting. The Story is simple yet wonderfully captures that “magic” that’s in the air before Christmas. The art of Jon J Muth accents the simplistic and unique nature of the story perfectly.