July 24, 2012

Christmas in July

How's summer going for you? A little too hot? Longing for the holidays? Well here are two adorable Christmas books I happened upon and I thought....we need a little Christmas! (Oh! and in a special coincidence that I find to be total proof that me and my pal Danzel of Silver Shoes and Rabbit Holes are soul book sisters -- I discovered that we had independently come up with our own Christmas in July posts! Here's hers, go see, go see!)



'The Mole Family's Christmas' by the greats Russell and Lillian Hoban (of 'Frances' fame) is one I found at a used bookshop. I really wanted this one because it's got a bit more text and length than the normal picture book and Julia is starting to stretch in her reading ability and how much she's willing to listen to a story.

Darling story, to-die-for art = GREAT BOOK. The little moles, who can't see that well, find out about Christmas for the first time and decide to ask Santa for a telescope so they can see the stars. Will they get it? Will they get snatched by an owl? Or will the Owl get a dose of Christmas spirit and decide not to eat them? What do you think?

I think not getting eaten for Christmas by an owl sounds just SO jolly and full of good feeling don't you think? Really, this book was totally adorable.


'How Six Found Christmas' by Trina Schart Hyman is so sweet! A little girl wants to know what Christmas is. So she sets off looking for a Christmas -- 'a Christmas', like it's an object of some kind. She falls in with some friendly forest animals who have their own reasons for wanting to find a Christmas -- one wants to smell it, one wants to feel it, one wants to taste it....

The illustrations in this one made me want to rip out the pages and frame them, but yes I do remember that defacing books is Not Ok. Really really charming, this one. We found it at the library! OH HOW I LOVE THE LIBRARY.

Merry Christmas! In July!

13 comments:

  1. I hadn't seen the Mole Family Christmas! The longer-length Hoban books are hard to find. Even Emmett Otter's Jugband Christmas is scarce.

    I love the illustrations you've pictured from How Six Found Christmas. They look beautiful!

    And thanks for linking to me. That was too funny. I returned the favor this morning. ;o)

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    1. Oh man I loved the haul you got at that antique mall!! My pleasure.

      I know right? About the Hoban? I saw it and was like OH YES YOU WILL BE MINE. :)

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  2. Awwwww! That first book looks so cute. Miss E and I approve ;)

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    1. Darling books give such a thrill, don't they?

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  3. These both look adorable. I'm trying to build a large collection of Christmas books to do one of those Christmas book advent calenders but it's a slow process. We're a little Christmas crazy in this house. We play carols all year (R's request mostly as he likes to dance to them with me) and I'm planning a Christmas in July dinner in August - it makes sense in my head, that's all that matters. :)

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    1. If you don't have it already, Richard Scarry's The Animals Merry Christmas is one of the best Christmas books ever, not to be confused with his Best Christmas Book Ever, which is also very good. Was that confusing?? :)

      Your Christmas in July dinner in August sounds like pure genius to me and if we were on the same continent I'd come crash it! tee hee

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  4. I'll take a taste of Christmas in July! I haven't seen either of those books, and they both look absolutely fantastic :) Christmas picture books are one of my very favorite things- for sure! We actually have been holidaying all day today- It's Pioneer Day here in Utah :) just got back from a 'Pie Party' at my friends and we'll soon be heading to all kinds of crazy festivities at the park :) its a good day!

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    1. A PIE PARTY???? Oh man, oh man, I have GOT to come experience one of those someday!!!!!!!! P.S. Tell Bonnie her package is in the mail!!

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    2. My friend Meg hosts it every pioneer day. Bring a pie- eat pie, it's fantastic. There was SO much delicious pie. The blueberry was DIVINE and there was a lemonade cream pie that was absolutely wonderful and refreshing. YUM.

      I'll tell her to keep her eyes open for it :)

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  5. LOL@ "Oh yes you will be mine...." - I totally get it! I have the same types of inner commentary when I come across an awesome vintage children's book - kind of like I want to do a quick little skip around the room. I always love your enthusiasm. :)

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    1. Aw thanks Leanne, I always feel a bit....overly hyper...when it comes to my books -- always such an affirmation to be able to chat about them with like-minded people like you!

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  6. The moles in glasses! How cute are they!?! This is making me want to read the Miss Flora Mcflimsy Christmas.

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    1. Oh my gosh THANK YOU for reminding about that one -- I gotta try and get that one before this holiday season!

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