Book review with Jamie Heap
A Maritime Christmas Treasury: Stories, Songs, and Poems to Celebrate the Season. Various (Nimbus Publishing). $29.95, 96 pages.
Finding all of yours or your child’s favourite Christmas stories, songs and poems is a potentially expensive and time consuming process. Thanks to Nimbus Publishing, that process just got less expensive and time consuming with its latest book that is out in time for the holidays.
In A Maritime Christmas Treasury: Stories, Songs, and Poems to Celebrate the Season, authors and illustrators contribute a variety of stories, songs, poems and images that are regionally known and rich in breadth, covering such themes as love, family and the natural world.
As for the 13 titles selected by Nimbus, they range from Gadzooks: The Christmas Goose, The Christmas Letter, A Christmas Dollhouse, Christmas Conversation, Snow for Christmas, Christmas Day and Every Day, A Forest for Christmas, Bruce Nunn’s classic A Bluenose Twelve Days of Christmas, Christmas Eve, Love from Katie, The Story of the Holy Sprig, The True Meaning of Crumbfest and Merry Christmas.
In the shorty story Gadzooks: The Christmas Goose, author Jennifer McGrath-Kent and illustrator Ivan Murphy depict the tale of a Canada goose injured in a storm. In A Christmas Dollhouse, author Richard Rudnicki discusses the challenges faced by an ordinary family while Christmas Letter (1917), Christmas Conversation (1906) and Christmas Day and Every Day (1915), Christmas Eve (1906) and The Story of Holly Sprig (1907) explores early regional Christmas favourites.
In a Forest For Christmas, author Michael Harris and illustrator Eric Orchard use words and pictures to depict Christmas in Lunenburg County, from the natural world’s point view as the story’s protagonist Emily is surrounded animals as squirrels, chickadees, blue jays, finches, pigeons and crows that discuss their Christmas needs. Merry Christmas!
Jamie Heap’s book reviews appear weekly in the Amherst News.