Well, it’s the holiday season, one of the most magical times of the year. My magic props have been packed away for the past month or so, meaning I haven’t spent much time practicing. That’s okay though. To me the holidays are a wonderful time to connect (or reconnect) with family and friends. In fact, I believe that these relationships are a large part of what makes the holidays so magical. This month, then, let’s take a look at a few picture books that focus on relationships.
I’ve always been a fan of Jon Klassen’s work, and his picture book “We Found a Hat” is no exception. The story centers around two turtles who find a hat in the desert. They both like the hat but there is a problem: there is only one hat. They make a difficult decision, to leave the hat behind. But that is not where the story ends.
Another beautifully illustrated, well-told story is the recently released “Trevor”. Written by Jim Averbeck and illustrated by Amy Hevron, Trevor tells the story of a lonely yellow canary who makes friends with a lemon he mistakes for another canary. What follows is a tale of friendship, highlighted by an example of gift-giving, a lesson in forgiveness, and acceptance of loss. Through Trevor’s experiences, he learns to be a friend, and by the end of the book, his experience with the lemon has prepared him for the world. As for the lemon? Well, you’ll have to see the final spread.
“Your Alien”, written by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Goro Fujita is the story of a little boy who befriends an alien who crash lands on earth. As the alien experiences everything life on earth has to offer, including a trip to school, the boy notices something is wrong. As the day goes on, the alien seems more and more morose. When bedtime comes, the boy realizes that his alien friend must miss his family and sets out to reunite them.
Well, that all for this month. Have a wonderful and safe holiday season. See you back here in the new year. Have a magical month!