The Busy Christmas Stable – Saturday Story Spotlight

Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy.

The Busy Christmas Stable by Juliet David, illustrated by Sarah Pitt
Published by Candle Books, an imprint of Lion Hudson

“The Busy Christmas Stable” is a fun, interactive version of the Christmas story for young toddlers. It is a nice, sturdy board book sized more like a traditional children’s hardcover or paperback book. It picks up the story with Mary and Joseph arriving in Bethlehem and, in 4 page spreads, concludes with the wise men presenting the baby Jesus with his gifts. Clearly, this is a highly abbreviated form of the nativity story, but it is just about the right length for my not-quite-18 month old.

Daniel also particularly likes the interactive aspect of “The Busy Christmas Stable.” The tabs shown at the bottom of the book move back and forth to cause different characters to appear on different pages. This does make “The Busy Christmas Stable” a book that needs supervision, because the characters at times need cajoling to slip smoothly back off-stage. Our Joseph already has a tendency to catch at the edge of the scene.

If there’s one thing that bothers me a bit about this book, it is the fact that the majority of the characters look far too Caucasian. They look perhaps a bit dark-skinned, but certainly not Middle-Eastern, which saddens me. We do have one other interactive board book from Candle Books, “The Very First Christmas,” about the Christmas story that does a somewhat better job at racial representation, but it is still slightly on the long side for Daniel, and right now he prefers “The Busy Christmas Stable.”

Buy this book from:
Powells.*
Amazon.*

Source: Personal copy/gift
* These links are all affiliate links. If you buy your book here I’ll make a very small amount of money that goes towards hosting, giveaways, etc.

Digiprove sealCopyright protected by Digiprove © 2010

Little Rabbit’s Christmas – Saturday Story Spotlight

Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my new feature where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy, since we are definitely reading more than one book a week!

Little Rabbit’s Christmas by Harry Horse
Published by Peachtree Publishing

All Little Rabbit wants for is a red sled and, once he gets it, all he wants to do is play with it himself. Those paints and tools his friends got? BORING. Who wants paints when you could go sledding? So, after being really fairly obnoxious in begging for/demanding the sled for Christmas, he wants nothing but to go and play with his sled by himself, he doesn’t want to play with his friends and their toys, and he certainly doesn’t want them to play with his sled. Until he runs into some trouble, and his friends come through for him and he realizes that Christmas is really about friends, family, and togetherness, not just getting things.

Harry Horse is really convincing with Little Rabbit’s greedy, obnoxious selfishness, so much so that I was actually worried at one point that he would continue to be obnoxious the whole book long. However, he was totally redeemed, and he was totally redeemed in a very realistic way. I really enjoyed this, and I’m looking forward to reading it with Daniel over the next few years. It was ever so slightly too long and with too many words on the page for Daniel right now at 18 months, but it still managed to keep his attention pretty well, because of all of Little Rabbit’s whooshing around on his sled.

Highly recommended.

Buy this book from:
Powells.*
A local independent bookstore via Indiebound.*
Amazon.*

Source: Publisher
* These links are all affiliate links. If you buy your book here I’ll make a very small amount of money that goes towards hosting, giveaways, etc.

Digiprove sealCopyright protected by Digiprove © 2010