With Christmas upon us I always love reading the classic Christmas stories; The Night Before Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Christmas Carol, and the list could go on. I do however like to find new books for my family to read.
This year we got to read, The Last Ornament by Judith Vicary Swisher with illustrations by Molly Mann. The story is about a family who celebrates the same way my family and I do, they put up several fun and meaningful ornaments on their Christmas tree, I like to call it, “hodge-podge”.In the story the ornaments come to life, call me weird, but I love it when intimate objects take on lives of their own, but only in books, please don’t let that happen in real life! As the ornaments party and the family celebrates everyone get a little caught up in the fun time they are having and the Blue Engine is forgotten on the discarded tree. I don’t want to give away the ending completely, but it’s a happy one.
All in all, I have to say though that I probably would not have chosen this book for my own collection. If I’m being honest the story is a little too long, and I feel that the author, Swisher could have gotten the point across without so many long sentences. Miss A, age 3.5 got very bored with the book and asked a lot of questions about it, but I also got a little bored reading the book to her.
Also, I’m not really sure what the message of the book is other than a pretty ornament getting lost and the children finding him. I prefer Christmas books that are either very fun and whimsical or have a great message behind them about the true meaning of Christmas, peace, or even learning to give.
Although this wasn’t my favorite book, I did like that the whole family cametogether to decorate the tree, which I’m a huge fan of; creating family traditions by celebrating with music and special ornaments. Another thing I really liked were the fun feel of the illustrations, there were drawings on ever single page us to enjoy.
In my opinion, if you are thinking about purchasing this book, I would consider checking the book out in a book store or local library first before buying it to see if it fits the recipient.
On another note, what’s your favorite Christmas/Holiday themed book??