Christmas in the Country – 11/26/11

by Tilly Thyme on November 26, 2011

My second holiday-themed selection for Picture Book Month is:

Christmas in the Country

by Cynthia Ryland

illustrated by Diane Goode

Christmas in the Country can be a challenge to find new, but if you are willing to buy it used and often in excellent condition, you can find hard and soft-cover editions on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Alibris, and Ebay.  The search is well worth the effort, for this is a book you will return to year after year.

“This loving celebration of Christmas is as fresh as the season’s first snowfall, and as warm as a steaming mug of eggnog. A young girl growing up in the country enjoys a simple but enchanting Christmas with her family. Boxes of treasured homemade ornaments are brought out; an evergreen wreath brightens the front door; and relatives gather for a delicious meal. Captured here are the memorable holiday moments we cherish and remember – always”  (Amazon).

Cynthia Rylant, incidentally, is author to some of the best-loved picture books in my home, including:

In November

The Old Woman Who Named Things

Night in the Country

Long Night Moon

When I Was Young in the Mountains

A prolific writer, Cynthia Rylant is perhaps best known for her wildly successful series, Henry and Mudge, the ongoing story of a boy and his faithful dog.

Do you have a favorite picture book by the talented Cynthia Rylant?  I’d love to hear more about it.

Have a wonderful Saturday.  May it be blessed with family, friends, and a good book (or two).


Joanna November 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm

There is a really sweet called simply “Snow”, that I love. Even the front cover of Christmas in the Country looks charming. I haven’t read “When I was young in the Mountains”, and it looks up my street. I like these sorts of stories preserving our heritage.

Dr. Jen November 27, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Found you through Twitter & LOVE your wonderful blog! What a nice story about STORIES – can’t wait to check some of these out. Simple is best 🙂
XOXO Dr. Jen

Tilly Thyme November 27, 2011 at 9:01 pm

The warm feelings are mutual. I found your website yesterday through Twitter and was so impressed by everything you are doing (and saying). I’m looking forward to continued dialogue on Twitter and our respective blogs. Have a wonderful holiday season.

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