I probably should have saved this one for next year as I I've still got
The Wild and Wonderful Whites burned in my brain. My mind just wasn't open to receiving a sweet cozy little Appalachian story. I kept thinking about Jesco and Sue Bob and that's really not fair to this book. Even so I can't say that I loved the narrative flow here. I loved the idea behind the story - especially as the mom gets to play the hero in a big way. But it seemed to just go on and on and it was hard for me to get really engaged. As usual, Cooney's artwork is beautiful - although a bit hazy in spots.
A few notes:
*Although not as overtly religious as some Christmas stories, religion and the church play a pretty significant role.
*The story could raise some uncomfy questions for parents about Santa as it's quite clear that Ruthie's mother is behind all of the 'miracles'.