Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant
Location: Books & Such Main Office, Santa Rosa, Calif.
For December (and the last vestiges of November), we’ve decided to create blogs with a bit more of a personal touch. We’ll each take a turn every week to write about a favorite aspect of Christmas. Many of our topics will connect to books because, well, everyone at Books & Such happens to love them. And we’ll periodically sprinkle in a writer’s tip like a dusting of powdered sugar on a Christmas confection.
This week each of us will write about our favorite children’s Christmas book. You know, the one that makes you want to snuggle up next to the fireplace, sip a Christmas-spiced hot drink and enjoy the book all over again.
For me, that book would be The Nativity by Julie Vivas. I discovered this book as an adult but was so head-over-heels with the charm of its illustrations and warmth of its story, that I had to grab the book off the store’s shelf and head home with the treasure.
The storyline is, of course, predictable: Jesus’s birth. But the author-illustrator captures the event in a way that reminds us of the everyday-ness of this extraordinary pregnancy and delivery. One illustration shows Mary, truly great with child, standing by the donkey as she prepares for the journey. Mary is wearing her house slippers because, as women know, swollen feet don’t like regular shoes. And Joseph looks as though he’s puzzling over how to hoist the “great with child” mother-to-be onto the donkey.
I found myself smiling over every illustration and revisiting the biggest Christmas story of them all with fresh eyes.
In what ways does your favorite children’s Christmas story remind you of what all the holiday fuss is about?