Tuesday, December 17, 2013

{12 Days of Books} - a little late is better than never...

Well, I had intended to do a fun "12 Day Countdown" of our favorite Christmas books, but I'm just not that organized AND I had to travel back home for a few days for a funeral for an uncle, who was a wonderful man by the way... I still hope to get through our favorite 12 Christmas books before the holiday comes and goes, but we shall see.

Our first book, which we did actually read last Friday was....

Appropriately enough, the book that we read 12 days before Christmas, was "Jack Kent's Twelve Days of Christmas." Jack Kent is a famous illustrator and cartoonist, who authored and illustrated an impressive list of children's books. My favorite Jack Kent books is "There's No Such Thing as a Dragon," which I fondly remember from my own childhood.


Most people are familiar with the traditional "Twelve Days of Christmas" song... or at least have heard it somewhere before. As a child, I think that I knew more of the words, but now, the words are fresh in my mind... along with Kent's cute and expressive cartoon drawings that accompany the story.



... and I always thought it was "4 calling birds" -- who knew that it's really "4 COLLIE birds"?!


As the song (and book) continued, the pages filled up with all of items... it was quite a crowd...



By the end of the book, the young girl is sprinting away from the boy... who simply loved her so much that he wanted to give her tons of gifts -- albeit pointless and useless gifts by today's standards....


Which left me pondering the idea of a love as strong as this... how do we express that without seeming ridiculous?

There are 4 more books to come -- hopefully later tonight, so that I can catch up AND share our holiday favorites with you!


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