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“It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
















 






















 





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Debbie Macomber 
brings us to the Alaskan wilderness for a magical Christmas tale about finding love where it’s least expected.












 







































 






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Upcoming Events



Magdalena Mountain


Tues Dec 4   Wenatchee Library    6:30 PM
Presentation     FREE!


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“Humor and wit bubble up throughout," reviewers exclaim, in the debut novel from award-winning author and naturalist Robert Michael Pyle. "This novel is a fast-paced light-hearted frolic, equal parts nature study, biological inquiry, mystery of identities, and eco-feminist manifesto," say reviewers, promising that Pyle's "love and exquisitely detailed understanding of the natural world fills these pages."




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Thank You, Dear Book-Loving Community!
Authors Pyle & Nisbet & Holiday Cheer


Wed Dec 5   A Book for All Seasons   5:00 to 7:00 PM
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Hooray! Celebrate holidays, peace, renewal and mid-winter joy with A Book For All Seasons in our delightful new space. Enjoy conversations with acclaimed authors Robert Michael Pyle and Jack Nisbet-- and some lovely sweet treats and other Christmas cheer. Thank you for being our community--we appreciate you!!




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NCRL event @ Wenatchee High School


Wed Dec 5   Wenatchee HS Auditorium  6:00 PM
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NCRL hosts Ruta Sepetys, #1 NYT bestseller, international bestseller, and winner of the Carnegie Medal, whose Between Shades of Grey is about to release as the movie Ashes in the Snow. A crossover novelist read by teens and adults world-wide, Sepetys' work has been published in 50 countries and 36 languages.




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The Dreamer and The Doctor


Thurs Dec 6   Wenatchee Library    6:30 PM
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Part history, part adventure tale, part love story, part futuristic foreshadowing, Jack Nisbet continues to educate, entertain, and mesmerize with this meticulously written and researched story of two people--an American physician and her Swedish naturalist husband-- whose intelligence and passions helped shape a territory on the cusp on change, our own Pacific Northwest.  




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Caribou Rainforest


Fri Jan 25   Wenatchee River Institute  7:00 PM
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Famed wildlife expert, author, photographer, and tracker David Moskowitz returns to Leavenworth with a new stunning photography collection. In a North American rainforest that few people even know exists, about a dozen dwindling herds of caribou are struggling to survive. In Caribou Rainforest: from Heartbreak to Hope, Moskowitz discovers inspiration and the catalysts for committed change.




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ABFAS Recommends: New Releases


Richard's pick!

From #1 New York Times bestselling George R.R. Martin, author of many novels, including  the acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire, the inspiration for HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Illustrator Doug Wheatley was the artist on the comic book adaptation of Revenge of the Sith and contributed illustrations to The World of Ice & Fire.


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Now, for the first time, the full tapestry of Targaryen history is revealed.

Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen—the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria—took up residence on Dragonstone. 

Fire & Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart. 

What really happened during the Dance of the Dragons? Why was it so deadly to visit Valyria after the Doom? What were Maegor the Cruel’s worst crimes? What was it like in Westeros when dragons ruled the skies? These are but a few of the questions answered in this essential chronicle, as related by a learned maester of the Citadel. Featuring more than eighty all-new black-and-white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley.  





From award-winning, internationally bestselling Kate Atkinson, recipient of the Whitbread, Costa, and numerous other awards; author of ten bestselling books including A God In Ruins and Life after Life.


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Transcription is a dramatic story of WWII espionage, betrayal, and loyalty.

"Atkinson is brilliant. Her characters are brilliant. Her command of the back-and-forth narrative, the un-fixedness of memory, the weight that guilt accrues over time and how we carry it is remarkable."—NPR.org

In 1940, eighteen-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. Ten years later, now a radio producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. 

A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat. A bill of reckoning is due, and she finally begins to realize that there is no action without consequence. 

"[Atkinson] occupies that rare cultural sweet spot wherein she scoops up awards for artistic excellence while also reliably hitting the best-seller lists... she maneuvers the tropes of the murder-mystery genre, of historical fiction, and of privileged white Britishness into a kind of critical salvage of women's work, women's lives"—New Yorker

"Atkinson loves her research, but she doesn't need much help concocting original stories that resemble no one else's and take the breath away."—New York Times

"Atkinson's style is singular and delightful. No matter the genre, Atkinson displays more wit and word play, more delight in the fecundity of the English language, than just about any contemporary novelist."—The Boston Globe

Transcription is a work of rare depth and texture, a bravura modern novel of extraordinary power, wit and empathy. It is a triumphant work of fiction from one of the best writers of our time.



ABFAS Recommends: Now in Paperback




An Indie Next Pick and  New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice from Sam Graham-Felsen: a journalist for The Nation, chief blogger Obama’s 2008 campaign, and a peanut vendor at Fenway Park.This is his first novel.


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“A riot of language that’s part hip-hop, part nerd boy, and part pure imagination.”—The Boston Globe

"Provocative... wrestles with matters of race, white privilege, and institutional prejudice head-on... subtly humorous, surprisingly touching... a memorable and moving portrayal of a complicated but deep friendship that just might survive the weight placed on it-- Publishers Weekly Starred Review.

Boston, 1992. David Greenfeld is one of the few white kids at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Middle School. Everybody clowns him, girls ignore him, and his hippie parents won’t even buy him a pair of Nikes, let alone transfer him to a private school.

Nobody’s more surprised than Dave when Marlon Wellings sticks up for him in the school cafeteria. Mar’s a loner from the public housing project, and he confounds Dave’s assumptions about black culture: He’s nerdy and neurotic, a Celtics obsessive. Before long, Mar’s coming over to Dave’s house every afternoon to watch vintage basketball tapes and plot their hustle to Harvard. 

But as Dave welcomes his new best friend into his world, he realizes how little he knows about Mar. Cracks gradually form in their relationship, and Dave starts to become aware of the breaks he’s been given—and that Mar has not. 

Infectiously funny about the highs and lows of adolescence, and sharply honest in the face of injustice, Sam Graham-Felsen’s debut is a wildly original take on the American dream.

“Prickly and compelling . . . Graham-Felsen lets boys be boys: messy-brained, impulsive, goatish, self-centered, outwardly gutsy but often inwardly terrified.”—The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice) 

“A coming-of-age tale of uncommon sweetness and feeling.”—The New Yorker




"I am writing these words from a prison cell ... But wait. Before you start playing the drums of mercy for me listen to what I will tell you ... They may have the power to imprison me but no one has the power to keep me in prison. I am a writer," wrote Ahmet Altan  in 2017, on the eve of being sentenced to life in prison for his writing.

Book one of a planned quartet by celebrated Turkish author Ahmet Altan. Altan is the author of nine novels, including Endgame, and five essay collections; and was a journalist for over twenty years. Translated by Brendan Freely.


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This vibrant, psychologically acute novel depicts the Ottoman Empire at the turn of the 20th century.

A romantic epic of a changing society set during the fall of one of history's greatest empires. 

Altan's "Ottoman Quartet" spans the fifty years between the final decades of the 19th century and the post-WWI rise of Atatürk as both unchallenged leader and visionary reformer of the new Turkey. 

The four books in the quartet tell the gripping stories of an unforgettable cast of characters, among them: an Ottoman army officer, the Sultan's personal doctor, a scion of the royal house whose Western education brings him into conflict with his family's legacy, and a beguiling Turkish aristocrat who, while fond of her emancipated life in Paris, finds herself drawn to a conservative Muslim spiritual leader. 

Intrigue, betrayal, love, war, progress, and tradition provide a colorful backdrop against which the lives of these characters play out. 

A Turkish saga reminiscent of War and Peace, written in lively, contemporary prose that traces not only the social currents of the time but also the sensual and emotional lives of its characters.

"An engrossing novel of obsessive love and oppressive tyranny"--Publishers Weekly Starred Review



ABFAS Recommends: New NonFiction 


Stephen's pick!

By Peter and Beverly Pickford, award-winning creators of ten photography collections including Forever Africa, The Miracle Rivers, and Himba; recipients of numerous international accolades and awards, including Agfa Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Kodak Photographer of the Year, and BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year. With the profits from their photographic work, the Pickfords create and maintain nature reserves.


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Four years. Seven continents. 

Wild Land is an unprecedented quest to document and preserve our planet’s remaining wilderness. 

A grand volume of 400 pages, with more than 200 striking images.

Acclaimed photographers Peter and Beverly Pickford have created an epic, unparalleled portrait of some of the earth’s most untouched places. 

This is a wildlife book like no other.






New York Times bestselling Anne Lamott is the author of 18 acclaimed works of nonfiction and fiction, including the NYT bestsellers Help, Thanks, Wow;  Grace (Eventually); Bird by Bird; and Operating Instructions. She is a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame.


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"I am stockpiling antibiotics for the Apocalypse, even as I await the blossoming of paperwhites on the windowsill in the kitchen," Anne Lamott admits at the beginning of Almost Everything

Despair and uncertainty surround us: in the news, in our families, and in ourselves. But even when life is at its bleakest--when we are, as she puts it, "doomed, stunned, exhausted, and over-caffeinated"--the seeds of rejuvenation are at hand. 

"All truth is paradox," Lamott writes, "and this turns out to be a reason for hope. If you arrive at a place in life that is miserable, it will change." That is the time when we must pledge not to give up but "to do what Wendell Berry wrote: 'Be joyful, though you have considered all the facts.'" 

In her latest profound and funny book, Lamott calls for each of us to rediscover the nuggets of hope and wisdom that are buried within us that can make life sweeter than we ever imagined. Candid and caring, insightful and  hilarious; from the courageous, self-deprecating author the New York Times calls "a leftie guru of optimism.” 

"Given the warmth, liveliness and intimacy of her prose, time with one of her books can feel like a visit with a friend.” —Wall Street Journal 

“Anne Lamott is a cause for celebration. [Her] real genius lies in... describing not perfect moments, but imperfect ones . . . perfectly. She is nothing short of miraculous.” —The New Yorker





An Indie Next Pick, shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and the Kirkus Prize, from Kiese Laymon, author of Long Division and How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America.


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Kiese Laymon is a fearless writer, combining personal stories with piercing intellect to reflect both on the state of American society and on his experiences with abuse, which conjure conflicted feelings of shame, joy, confusion and humiliation. 

Laymon invites us to consider the consequences of growing up in a nation wholly obsessed with progress yet wholly disinterested in the messy work of reckoning with where we’ve been.

In Heavy, Laymon writes eloquently and honestly about growing up a hard-headed black son to a complicated and brilliant black mother in Jackson, Mississippi. From his early experiences of sexual violence, to his suspension from college, to his trek to New York as a young college professor, Laymon charts his complex relationship with his mother, grandmother, anorexia, obesity, sex, writing, and ultimately gambling. By attempting to name secrets and lies he and his mother spent a lifetime avoiding, Laymon asks himself, his mother, his nation, and us to confront the terrifying possibility that few in this nation actually know how to responsibly love, and even fewer want to live under the weight of actually becoming free. 

A personal narrative that illuminates national failures, Heavy is defiant yet vulnerable, an insightful, often comical exploration of weight, identity, art, friendship, and family.

Heavy is one of the most important and intense books of the year because of the unyielding, profoundly original and utterly heartbreaking way it addresses and undermines expectations… the book thunders.” —LA Times

"Kiese Laymon is a star in the American literary firmament, with a voice that is courageous, honest, loving, and singularly beautiful... brilliantly rendered” —NPR.org

“Take[s] on the important work of exposing the damage done to America, especially its black population, by the failure to confront the myths, half-truths, and lies at the foundation of the success stories that the nation worships... yet also pregnant with the possibility [of] a kind of redemption.” —The Atlantic

"Laymon’s writing... rich and elegant... offers us comfort even as we grapple with the book’s unflinching honesty." —New York Times Book Review



ABFAS Recommends: NonFiction Now in Paperback



Edited by Allen D. Bragdon, founder of The Brainwaves Center, founding editor of Games magazine, and syndicated internationally by the New York Times; he has eight books in print.

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Create and decorate your very own gingerbread structures using these plans, patterns, and ideas for cookie-construction year-round. 

Quick projects like The Monsters' Picnic and charming period pieces like The Christmas Carolers can be made with edible gingerbread or modeling clay. 

With cookie projects for Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, everyday fun, and, of course, Christmas, there are sure to be plenty of projects to entertain for every holiday and occasion. 

The Gingerbread Book is perfect for the novice gingerbread builder and the expert looking for inspiration. With the more than twenty recipes for various types of gingerbread and icing, you are sure to create a beautiful, and delicious, creation. 

Also included are tips on how to properly ice the cookies, suggestions for the best candy to use as decoration, and life-size patterns and an entire section entitled Basic Skills to help any beginner start decorating in no time. 

This guide will help you develop skills that can be passed from generation to generation of gingerbread architects.



Loren's pick!

A New York Times Bestseller, Indie Next Pick, New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, Outside Magazine Best Book, and Science Friday Best Book from  Nate Blakeslee, author of award-winning Tulia.


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Before men ruled the earth, there were wolves. Once abundant in North America, these majestic creatures were hunted to near extinction in the lower 48 states by the 1920s. But in recent decades wolves have returned to the Rockies, igniting a battle over the very soul of the West. 

With novelistic detail, Nate Blakeslee tells the gripping story of one of these wolves, O-Six, a charismatic alpha female named for the year of her birth. Uncommonly powerful, with gray fur and faint black ovals around each eye, O-Six is a kind and merciful leader, a fiercely intelligent fighter, and a doting mother. She is beloved by wolf watchers, particularly renowned naturalist Rick McIntyre, and becomes something of a social media star, with followers around the world. 

But as she raises her pups and protects her pack, O-Six is challenged on all fronts: by hunters, who compete with wolves for the elk they both prize; by cattle ranchers who are losing livestock and have the ear of politicians; and by other Yellowstone wolves who are vying for control of the park’s stunningly beautiful Lamar Valley. 

These forces collide in American Wolf, a riveting multigenerational saga of hardship and triumph that tells a larger story about the ongoing cultural clash in the West—between those fighting for a vanishing way of life and those committed to restoring one of the country’s most iconic landscapes.

“an essential read” — Tattered Cover Book Store

"Will appeal to readers regardless of whether they crave a story about nature, politics, or just want to disappear into sprawling adventure and drama."—BookPeople


ABFAS Recommends New Teen Fiction


New from the author of The Book Thief!

An instant New York Times bestseller and Kids Indie Next Pick from Markus Zusak, the author of six books including The Book Thief, which spent more than a decade on the New York Times bestseller list, and has been translated into more than forty languages.

Recommended for ages 14 and up.


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The breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. 

As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance. 

At the center of the Dunbar family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge—for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins, for a miracle. The question is, how far is Clay willing to go? And how much can he overcome? 

Written in powerfully inventive language and bursting with heart, Bridge of Clay is signature Zusak.

"Bridge of Clay is weird and heartbreaking and beautifully and poetically written — in short, everything that Zusak does so well in the books we’ve come to love." — Book Culture




Just Out -- Book 4!

The instant New York Times bestseller, USA Today bestseller, and Wall Street Journal bestseller from Ransom Riggs, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children novels

Recommended for ages 12 and up.


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A Map of Days reveals Ransom Riggs at the peak of his powers, leaving loyal fans ravenous for more.” –NY Journal of Books 

Having defeated the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back where his story began, in Florida. Except now Miss Peregrine, Emma, and their peculiar friends are with him, and doing their best to blend in. 

But carefree days of beach visits and normalling lessons are soon interrupted by a discovery—a subterranean bunker that belonged to Jacob’s grandfather, Abe. Clues to Abe’s double-life as a peculiar operative start to emerge, secrets long hidden in plain sight. And Jacob begins to learn about the dangerous legacy he has inherited—truths that were part of him long before he walked into Miss Peregrine’s time loop. 

Now, the stakes are higher than ever as Jacob and his friends are thrust into the untamed landscape of American peculiardom—a world with few ymbrynes, or rules—that none of them understand. New wonders, and dangers, await in this brilliant next chapter for Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children. 

Their story is again illustrated by haunting vintage photographs, now with the striking addition of full-color images interspersed throughout for this all-new, multi-era American adventure.

“Readers searching for the next Harry Potter may want to visit Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.” —CNN


ABFAS Recommends: For Middle Grades


Stephen's pick!

The latest in Jeff Kinney's #1 New York Times bestselling series. Kinney is a four-time Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award winner; has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, and is the creator of Poptropica, named one of Time’s 50 Best Websites.

Recommended for ages 8 to 12.


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With more than 200 million copies sold across the globe in 70 editions in 59 languages, Wimpy Kid has turned millions of kids into readers. 

When snow shuts down Greg Heffley's middle school, his neighborhood transforms into a wintry battlefield. Rival groups fight over territory, build massive snow forts, and stage epic snowball fights. And in the crosshairs are Greg and his trusty best friend, Rowley Jefferson. 

It's a fight for survival as Greg and Rowley navigate alliances, betrayals, and warring gangs in a neighborhood meltdown. When the snow clears, will Greg and Rowley emerge as heroes? Or will they even survive to see another day?



So Beautiful!

By J.K. Rowling is the author of the record-breaking, multi-award-winning Harry Potter novels. Loved by fans around the world, the series has sold over 500 million copies, been translated into over 80 languages, and made into eight blockbuster films. Illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger, recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, and included in the New York Times Best Illustrated Books list. 

Recommended for ages 8 and up.


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The Tales of Beedle the Bard contains five richly imaginative stories of adventure, cunning, heartache, and, of course, magic. They are to the wizarding community what the tales of the Brothers Grimm are to Muggle families. 

This lush new illustrated edition has been translated from the ancient runes by Hermione Granger and is presented here with extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. 

And now Hans Christian Andersen Medalist Lisbeth Zwerger interprets these classic tales with beauty and tenderness (and wit), illuminating them for modern readers. 

With an introduction and notes by J.K. Rowling, this collection will thrill and delight Muggles and wizards alike. 

15% of the sale price is donated to  Lumos, an international nonprofit organization founded by J.K. Rowling that works globally to end the institutionalization of children. 


ABFAS Recommends: for the Younger Crowd


Jackie's pick!

Written by award-winning Jonathan London, author of dozens of children’s books, including the popular Froggy series and Otters Love to Play. illustrated by acclaimed Daniel Miyares.

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A red fox emerges from its burrow one wintry morning, a fiery streak against stark white surroundings, driven by hunger and curiosity to investigate its world. 

Encountering a mouse, a hare, and a wolverine, the little fox takes on the role of both hunter and hunted before returning to the safety of its den, where — perhaps — it dreams of something more. 

Jonathan London’s poetic text and Daniel Miyares’s stunning impressionistic paintings provide an evocative portrait of a fox and its place in the natural world.

"The fox exudes dignity and complexity, with the agile animal breaking the frame of an action-packed hunting page but also presenting as tiny and imperiled when pursued...words and art effectively convey the fox's fluctuating role in the forest ecosystem. An ideal introduction to nature's complexities, wrapped up in an unexpectedly poetic package." —Kirkus Reviews 

"Lyrical language with subtle rhymes creates an easy-to-read nature tale about a small creature surviving in a vast winter landscape." —Booklist

"London energetically conveys an animal’s primal concerns, while Miyares’s rough strokes and bold washes emphasize a winter forest’s web-of-life realities and stark beauty." —Publishers Weekly 





Theresa's pick!

The Christmas Wind is award-winning Stephanie McLellan's fifth children's book. Gorgeously illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan.


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This starkly beautiful story highlights the heroic spirit of a young girl and the generosity of a stranger in a book that reveals the true spirit of Christmas.

As Jo helps her mother and baby brother on a cold and windy Christmas Eve, she searches for shelter -- any kind of shelter -- for the little family. Her mother is ill and the baby needs feeding. 

There is no other option but a barn owned by a local farmer known as a solitary grouch. Nobody cares for Franklin Murdock, "an old man as unfriendly as the wind." Jo doesn't trust him to care for her family, and protects her family with courage and determination. 

"The young heroine, Jo, is my favorite kind of protagonist – someone who becomes fearless through necessity, squaring off against adversity to create something bigger than herself. She and Murdock are, unexpectedly, exactly what each other needed, enabling each to access the true spirit of the season.”

Murdock turns out to be less of a threat than Jo has feared, and makes the desperate family a warm sanctuary in his home. When the wind has died and snow falls on Christmas morning, peace has come to them all. 

Spare text and subtle but beautiful art remind us of the essential story of Christmas. 

"Soft watercolor washes and pencil illustrations in muted tones accentuate the words through unusual visual perspectives. The opening image of a scarf blown away... sets the stage for this lovely retelling...charming." -- Kirkus Reviews




Gold Medal winning (British Illustration--Children's) Richard Johnson is a freelance illustrator specializing in children's books with 18 years experience in the creative industry.


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 A dreamy visual narrative to brighten winter evenings.

A father and son become separated in the beautifully falling snow. The lost lad sleeps in a sheltering cave below animal constellations, his red-and-white polka-dot scarf his pillow. Waking in a shaft of light, he’s regarded by an interspecies crowd that includes a bear, an owl, a badger, a deer, foxes, rabbits, and more. 

Panel close-ups amusingly register their mutual surprise. The bear and boy strike a bond: the boy shares a candy, and they drink from a waterfall; dining and dancing ensue; and boy and bear add to cave paintings that evoke those at Lascaux. 

When the longing for home arises, the boy gets a predawn ride on the bear’s back to a reunion with his searching father. As other animals emerge from the forest, a raccoon carrying the boy’s left-behind scarf, we know that life in the little cabin has changed. The boy's adventure prompts the father to opens up his heart and home, letting in nature and love, as early yellow flowers bloom along the home’s fence. 

The charming, evocative, wordless illustrations capably narrate, foretell and embellish the story. 
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