by Catherine Johnson, @CatherinePoet
Matt Forrest is hosting Poetry Friday today. Do take a look. There’s also a Twitter party on later at #MyWANA I think it starts at 6pm Est :0)
The Christmas Promise written by Susan Bartoletti and illustrated by David Christiana.
Suitable for: PreK – 3
Themes/Topics: Christmas, Great depression, family life
One autumn night
after Poppa’s job and
his money ran out,
we packed our belongings
in bundles and followed
Main Street all the way
to the rail yard.
At its most sacred, Christmas is a celebration of God’s love, and within than, the love we are fortunate to share among each other. And what greater bond of love exists than that between parent and child? In simple, poetic prose, master storyteller Susan Bartoletti presents a time in the American economy when parents and children were often separated, not from lack of love, but from lack of jobs and lack of income.
Activities: Make a christmas angel who represents the missing family member.
This book is dreamy, sad, thoughtful, but also has light at end of tunnel and hope. Maybe better to read it at Christmas or before rather than in the new year lol.
Susanna Hill has more picture books to peruse on her blog. Have a great weekend!
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