Welcome to another Perfect Picture Book Friday review! Since we will be celebrating Christmas soon, I chose picture books from our personal collection. But alas, many are unavailable. This one is out of print, but, can be found using the links on the left side of this page, and was found at our local libraries.
An Alcott Family Christmas
Author and illustrator: Alexandra Wallner
Publisher: Holiday House/New York
Genre: Historic Fiction
Ages: 7 to 10
Themes: Christmas, Louisa May Alcott, New England Christmas, Civil War, family celebrations, "Little Women"
Opening lines: "It was early morning on Christmas Day. A delicious baking smell drifted through the house. Louisa was still in bed. She sniffed the air.
"Marmee's plummy cake," she thought. "Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without it."
Why I like this book: I love New England, and the story of "Little Women." This picture book is a simple retelling of the opening Christmas scene in Louisa May Alcott's novel, which was taken from vignettes of her family's daily life. My heart went out to the girls as they watched their Christmas dinner being carted off to the ailing neighbor's home. I felt cheated as Louisa did...how selfish is that? I don't think I would have felt as compassionate as I should have in that situation!
Here are some fun links:
Everything you want to know about Louisa May Alcott here.
Opening scene to "Little Women" for comparison here.
Alcott's Christmas celebration, songs, traditions and other delightful information here.
And, for more great book ideas, categorized by subject for use by teachers, librarians, and parents, see Susanna Hill's Perfect Picture Book list...truly an amazing resource!