What a Christmas season it was! I was kept busy as I visited bookstores, baby stores, libraries and museums. I had a wonderful time with kids (and young-at-heart adults, too) as we:
• pretended to stomp through a forest, looking for a tree,
• learned a hand rhyme about Santa popping from a chimney,
• joined together for a lively reading of PICK A PINE TREE, and
• decorated the silliest pine tree that kids had ever seen.
(That is my son, Will, as the human Christmas tree. He was a gentleman and true sport, and I am so grateful for his help.)
At most places I visited, the children decorated Christmas tree ornaments to add to their own trees. They also added their names to paper strips that were later linked together to make a giant PICK A PINE TREE paper chain. On Christmas Eve, I draped the paper chain around my own Christmas tree. Oh my, what a lovely sight! My heart, and my tree branches, were overflowing. I will never know another Christmas like my first Christmas with PICK A PINE TREE.
On Dec 2, the Guardian newspaper listed their "Best Books of 2017" and
PICK A PINE TREE was one of four titles in the Ages 0-4 category!
Here is what the Guardian had to say:
"Anticipation builds throughout this rhyming,
ritual account of choosing and bedecking a tree.
Everyone in the blocky, soft-glowing images is beaming,
from people to pets to plump Santa ornaments;
by the end of the book, readers will be, too."
Thank you, Guardian!
Read the entire Guardian list HERE.