By: Helen Foster James
Illustrated by: Petra Brown
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Publication Date: September 2022
Reviewed by: Ellen Feld
Review Date: October 25, 2021
A sweet Christmas tale, wrapped up with beautiful illustrations, awaits readers of the new seasonal children's book, Christmas With Auntie.
The story opens with a bunny family greeting "Auntie," who has come to their home to help prepare for Christmas. There are so many things to do and so much fun to be had:
"Christmas is merry, and we will be too.
Painting and pasting, your auntie and you."
Auntie and her little niece (or nephew - we never learn the little one's name) clearly adore each other and can't curtail their excitement at being together at this special time:
"We go together like ribbons and bows,
holly and jolly, and tickles and toes."
The two bunnies next get busy baking up some Christmas favorites - gingerbread, sweet cookies, and even cake. After the baking is done, it's off to decorate the tree and then enjoy carolers as they sing Christmas tunes. Hugs, cuddles, and family-time fill up the rest of Auntie's visit.
Christmas With Auntie is a simple story, perfect for the very young who are excited about Santa's upcoming visit. It's a nice reminder that the real joy of Christmas is not about presents, but about family, and the special bonds family members share. The illustrations really bring the story to life, with soft colored bunnies, full of expression, as well as tremendous attention to the details of background animals and landscapes. Put it all together and you have the perfect new Christmas story to read to your children each night as they await Santa's visit.
Quill says: Christmas With Auntie is simply a fantastic new Christmas book and has jumped to the top of my list of seasonal favorites.