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    Under the Tree

    December 22, 2010 by Brandy Vencel

    Our children receive three gifts every Christmas. One of those three is a book. Or books, as the case may be. Sometimes I buy a book, and then get a PBS wishlist match later, and so a child ends up with multiple books, but in an unplanned sort of way. I also gives books to family and friends, as long as I think they will appreciate them.

    I love give books.

    Here is what the children are receiving from us this year.

    by David Macaulay

    The Children's Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy
    The Children’s Homer
    by Padraic Colum

    I scored The Children’s Homer on PBS, on my first try, no less. It is a hardback from the early 1900s and it is in great condition. I bet the owner didn’t know the resale price for good condition antiques of this volume can run around $70!

    The Lightlings
    The Lightlings
    by R. C. Sproul

    Jan Brett's Little Library
    Jan Brett’s Little Library
    includes Gingerbread Baby,
    The Hat, and The Mitten
    by Jan Brett

    We already own Gingerbread Baby, but I’ve taped it back together often enough to know the children need a backup copy.

    The Kitchen Knight: A Tale of King Arthur
    The Kitchen Knight
    by Margaret Hodges

    I also got a couple books for my niecees, but these are not under my tree. Hopefully they are sitting safely under a tree in Florida!

    The Dragon and the Garden (Old Stories)
    The Dragon and the Garden
    by N. D. Wilson

    In the Time of Noah (Old Stories)
    In the Time of Noah
    by N. D. Wilson

    I can’t mention any of the other books I’m giving out, for fear that certain family members occasionally read my blog.

    What are your favorite books you are giving out this year?

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  • Reply Mystie December 22, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    I love the Children’s Homer and The Kitchen Knight. I love Trina Schart Hyman and Margaret Hodges, especially together. 🙂

    My brother gets my kids books for Christmas and their birthdays; I’m looking forward to seeing what they end up being. 🙂 We are giving all of them The Jungle Book, because we decided it would be our next family evening read-aloud and we didn’t already own it. Might as well wrap it up! 🙂

  • Reply Rahime December 22, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    ps…super envious of that Children’s Homer!

  • Reply Rahime December 22, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    I’m giving 4 copies of 10 ways to destroy the imagination, one for Dana & Josh (have you heard they’re having a little one?) and the others for other friends and family.

    Our nephew is getting a Bible for children, which I hope is a good one–his parents requested it.

    I love giving books, but didn’t really take the time to sit down and think about them this year.

    I received (well, technically not yet…) a GOREGEOUS copy of The Lord of the Rings, 50th anniversary edition. :o)

  • Reply Kelly December 22, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    The Kitchen Knight! Is that Gareth and Lynette? I love that story, and I love Trina Schart Hyman’s illustrations. I might have to look into that book myself.

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