Wednesday, November 14, 2012

"The Christmas House" by Carol Bullman & Illustrated by Jim Madsen

ISBN: 9780824955984
Hardcover - ages 4-8
About the book:  As the music pours into the night, each passing neighbor is drawn to the house from which it comes. A knock on the door reveals the happy couple with their newborn baby enjoying the true spirit of Christmas without the need for presents stacked under a tree. Beautifully illustrated, this charming story is sure to be a new classic.

My thoughts: Brightly and beautifully  illustrated, The Christmas House is a warm story of a young family who has moved into a neighborhood but to whom the neighbors simply haven't warmed up.

Just prior to Christmas the neighbors each doing his or her own thing - skateboarding, walking, shopping - passes by the little house aglow with warm lights. As they pass by, they are enthralled by the beautiful piano music coming from inside.

One by one they step up to have a listen.  Then the door opens...... well, it just magically becomes a warm happy place of music, formed friendships, and giving to less fortunate.  The warmth of the holidays fuses with the beauty of Christmas music.

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DISCLOSURE:  I was provided a complimentary copy of The Christmas House by Ideal Books on behalf of the author in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own and I was not compensated monetarily for this review no required to render a positive review.

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