Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Christmas Wind by Stephanie Simpson McLellan - OPTIONAL

The Christmas Wind by Stephanie Simpson McLellan, illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan.  Red Deer Press (Fitzhenry), 2018.  $20.  9780889955349



On Christmas Eve, Jo, her mother, and her little brother are on the way to anywhere else.  The bitter wind pushes them to a barn owned by a bitter, lonely farmer.  Maybe they can hide in there for the night.  But when Jo settles the baby and goes for her mother, the baby has disappeared!  IS there room for all of them in the farmhouse? Is there kindness in the farmer’s heart?

One of my favorite Christmas books is The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey.  It felt like this book wanted to be that book, but it just doesn’t make it.  There is room in a picture book for just bit more to cement the story – it just doesn’t quite get there.

Cindy, Middle School Librarian

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