A Christmas Like Helen's (Library Binding)
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 9780618231379, 32pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 2004
At Helen’s home, there are no telephones or electric lights. Cars have not yet been invented, so she and her sister and brothers must walk a mile to school, even in freezing weather. Without refrigeration, they must harvest ice from the pond.
But at night she and her family gather around the woodstove to hear stories of castles and princes in hiding. They take horse-drawn sleigh rides, snug under buffalo robes and wool blankets; skate in the moonlight; and on Christmas morning have real maple syrup for breakfast.
With absorbing details of country life and elegant, hand-colored woodcuts, this book captures the strength of family, the magic of Christmas, and the love of place all year long.
Praise For A Christmas Like Helen's…
Fun, love and respect permeate this volume, a reminder of the riches implicit in simpler holiday joys.
Publishers Weekly, Starred
Azarian's beautifully composed and carefully researched illustrations draw the reader into Helen's era, into a quieter time of candlelight, sleigh bells, and family stories shared around the woodstove.
Kirkus Reviews, Starred
Best suited for reading aloud, this gorgeous book might inspire grown-ups to share their own family stories with the children in their care.
School Library Journal
The language is lovely, and Azarian's trademark woodcuts, hand-tinted with color, are as endearing as ever. Warm and welcoming.
Booklist, ALA, Starred Review