The Winter Wassail by Cherie Chen

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My Thoughts:

What I Loved: The illustrations in this book are beyond beautiful. They were detailed and depicted the story perfectly. My daughter was enamored with each page and spent so much time looking at each detail.

How I Felt: The story was a perfect holiday tale, combining old traditions and folklore. The ending brought the story to a perfect close, giving me those warm, happy, holiday feelings. The writing was unique. At times, written in neat paragraphs, and at other times bursting to life on the page, taking on different sizes and patterns. It was beautiful to read.

To Read or Not To Read: This is a good, holiday tale. Focusing on a old, medieval Holiday tradition, it is perfect for children and adults will enjoy it too.

What’s This Book About Anyway?

Friends and family gather together to begin the Winter Wassail tradition. They enjoy each other’s company and the comfort that comes from the familiar routines of this yearly custom. They gather the ingredients for the recipe and follow the instructions. The reader gets to enjoy coming along with this group as the show us their traditional steps to make wassail, then their trek to the trees to deliver.

Where To Find This Book:

You can find this book on Etsy at:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/633078334/the-winter-wassail-christmas-childrens?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=the+winter+wassail+book&ref=sr_gallery-1-1&organic_search_click=1&frs=1

Footnotes:

This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for my honest review.

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A Perfect Tree by Denise Dunham

This book was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher, BooksGoSocial in exchange for my honest review.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book is a sweet story of a young girl whose family moves into an extremely small house, what she calls a dollhouse. There is not space for many beds and her parents sleep on a pull-out sofa bed. Their kitchen cannot hold a table, so the table they use collapses when they are not eating.

Christmas is coming soon and she wants a Christmas tree, but her parents tell her that she cannot have one. The house is too small. She is sad and prays about it. Asking for God to provide a tree.

Then, a truck carrying Christmas tree drives by their home and a tree falls out. The driver offers to give the tree to the family, and it is just the right size to fit on a table in their home.

Footnotes:

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One Wild Christmas by Nicholas Oldland

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This book just released on Sept 3, 2019 and is a great addition to any child’s holiday bookshelf. Beaver, Moose, and Bear are preparing for their Christmas, but realize they have forgotten to get a tree! They head out to find one in the forest and after many trees that were not good enough, they come across the perfect tree. Beaver and Moose are ready to take down the tree, but Bear doesn’t want to ruin the it. The three friends fight, and it seems that Christmas will be ruined. Bear gets an idea that could save Christmas, but can he pull it off?
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Both of my children loved this book. The illustrations were colorful and fun, and the story was very cute! We would have loved to see a little more of the celebration at the end, but it was very well-written and we would definitely add this to our Holiday Collection!