Friday, November 9, 2012

The Lost Christmas Gift

The Lost Christmas Gift; Andrew Beckham; Princeton Architectural Press; 9781616891022
Every year, I make it a tradition to pick up one very special Christmas book for the entire family (which is now getting rather large) to experience and share for years to come. Sometimes, these are simple picture books, sometimes wonderful Christmas novels or collections... it all depends on what's available at the time. Last year I was delighted to find a re-release of T'was the Night Before Christmas that, as it happens, was the very first copy of this traditional tale that I had owned as a little girl... it was a Little Golden Book edition.
This year, I've found something quite incredible. The book is called The Lost Christmas Gift by Andrew Beckham. Published by the Princeton Architectural Press (this alone may give you a hint as to the quality of this... it's not just a book, it's an experience.) The story is touching, exciting, filled with tension and drama and pure wonder. It is a picture book, but one for all ages. In a word, it is exquisite. If, when you are out on your wanders this holiday season, you happen to get a glimpse of it somewhere, take the time to stop and have a good long look. You won't regret the time lost pondering.

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