Okay, my turn! One new favourite Christmas tale of mine...or a couple, actually...includes Chapter 1 from The House at Pooh Corner and the second poem from Now We Are Six, within one of the most famous series in children's literature, Winnie-the-Pooh.
Beginning with Chapter 1 from The House at Pooh Corner, in which A House is Built at Pooh Corner for Eeyore...this is one of the few chapters or poems in the series of books that takes place during winter (and though not necessarily at Christmastime, the spirit of Christmas is certainly present, in my opinion, at least as far as good intentions go).
Pooh prepares a song for Eeyore and sings it to Piglet as they journey to where Eeyore is:
The more it
The more it
The more it
How cold my
As they continue on their snowy walk, Pooh realizes that Eeyore has no place to live, and so proposes to Piglet that they build him a home. And naturally, Piglet thinks this is a Grand Idea. So, they find a pile of sticks on the other side of Pooh Corner, and begin building on the Warmer Side of said corner.
Eeyore finds Christopher Robin, in the meantime, and grumbles about the cold as the snow slowly engulfs him. Turns out Eeyore's house (a house no one realized he had in the first place) is missing and he wonders if Christopher Robin knows where it has gone. They set out in search of the errant abode.
They hear Pooh and Piglet singing as they build Eeyore's new house out of the sticks that were Eeyore's old house. But Eeyore somehow gets to take credit for the new, better built home now standing in a Warmer, more suitable spot (Pooh Corner, no less). All is well!
Then there's the poem, King John's Christmas, from Now We Are Six.Here's a verse, but you'll need to read the book to discover the rest (and preferably, you'll read it to someone you love at Christmastime, along with all the other poetry):
King John was not a good man--
He had his little ways.
And sometimes no one spoke to him
For days and days and days.
And men who came across him,
When walking in the town,
Gave him a supercilious stare,
Or passed with noses in the air--
And bad King John stood dumbly there,
Blushing beneath his crown.
Read on to a link about another of my favourite Christmas stories, and find out more about my very own published Christmas book, Merry Myrrh, the Christmas Bat...
My other favourite book is one of the ones that has already been mentioned by another of my guests, and since I can't really pick only one favourite Christmas book, I decided to single The Night Before Christmas for sentimental reasons...
Read the rest of this post on my guest blog for Jennifer Carson...
MY holiday-themed book is Merry Myrrh, the Christmas Bat!
Myrrh is a young and very merry brown bat named after one of the gifts of the Magi. He experiences the wonders of his first Christmas among the decorations of a farmhouse, as well as the kindness of the family that discovers him in their home.
You can buy Merry Myrrh, the Christmas Bat on this website, on Guardian Angel Publishing's website, on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and ChaptersIndigo.
Check out Merry Myrrh's book trailer: