I consider myself a huge Madeleine L’Engle fan, so you can imagine my surprise when I found a Christmas book by her this week that I’d never heard of before! I completely thought I had read the entire Vicky Austin series, and I thought it was a series most appropriate for kids around age 12 and up, but apparently I know nothing, because I found this absolutely adorable cross between a picture book and a chapter book about a 7-year old Vicky and her family the year baby Rob is born. I read it aloud to my kids, ages 11, 8, 5, and 2, in two sittings, and they loved it! We had laugh-out-loud moments and no one ran off scared (which is big for us!)
I highly, highly recommend you add this book to your holiday repertoire. It has some classic Madeleine L’Engle depth about the meaning of Christmas told in a light-hearted way that kids (and their parents) can really relate to. I absolutely loved it, as did my kids!
About the Book
Title: The Twenty-four Days Before Christmas: An Austin Family Story | Author: Madeleine L’Engle | Illustrator: Jill Weber | Publication Date: September 28, 2010 | Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) | Pages: 56 | Recommended Ages: Amazon says 4-8, but you can see my thoughts above
Summary from Amazon: “Vicky Austin’s family does one special thing each day of December to prepare for Christmas. This year, they’re also preparing for the birth of a new brother or sister, due after the New Year. Vicky is worried that the baby will come early? What kind of Christmas Eve would it be without Mother to help them hang up stockings and sing everyone to sleep with carols?”
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Favorite Quote from the Book
My favorite quote in this book happens when Vicky is thinking about how badly she wants her mother to be home with them for Christmas Eve and how much she would be willing to give for that to happen. Then she remembers her grandfather told her that that kind of thing isn’t a real offering to God anyway, and that “you can’t offer anything less than yourself to God; anything less is a bribe, and bribing God is foolish, to say the least.”
I am so glad that we found this wonderful book to share this Christmas! I hope that you will have a chance to read it! I think you will really enjoy the experience!