by Susan Cooper with pictures by Carson Ellis
This one is spectacular. It is about how the things we do and celebrate during Yuletide evolved over centuries and centuries (and began long before the arrival of Christianity).
The illustrations are truly beautiful as we first find our ancestors from long, long ago when time for humans was just beginning. On the shortest day, everywhere down the centuries in cold, dark countries people came dancing and singing to drive the dark away.
These ancient people brought evergreen inside the house and lit candles in the winter trees. They sang through the night and if we listen still – we can hear their echoes in our own rituals we perform today during the Yuletide.
I love all things history so this is a great one to teach my kids about why we do the things we do at Christmas. I also love that one of the final scenes includes a Menorah.
The book includes a short history of how this season evolved as well as the original poem Cooper wrote.
That completes my list for 2019 but you can check previous lists over here
Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!