Stranger in The Woods

Is it just me, or does that title send shivers down your spine? But I'm actually talking about the adorable and heart-warming photograph story, or as the authors put it, "a photographic fantasy":
Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick set up a snowman sprinkled with seeds and corn, and dubbed clever and lyrical words to the woodland animals' curiosity. "'Who-hoo's in the woods? Where? Where did the jays say? Where is he?' asked The Owl of Many Questions." The text is chirpy, and the excitement is so easy to relate to, if you have half as much snow as the Canadian kids in the book have. The back of the book even has a "Recipe for a Snowman". Building Baby A's first snowman is definitely on our to-do list this winter. Speaking of which, Stranger in the Woods is the book I chose for Baby A this year. It's not Christmas-y, just wintery, but I thought the photographs of animals and the brief, repetitive, fun text would draw her in. (If she were 3-8 years old, I definitely would have chosen the 25th Anniversary edition of The Polar Express.)

In other to-do news, our advent chain is nearly half gone. The point was not so much to give myself more things to accomplish, but to remind me to infuse the holiday season with family time and intentional joy. Here's what we've enjoyed so far:
give Baby A a Pikkujoulu book
make Christmas cards
hand-make gifts
decorate the tree
call grandparents
celebrate Itsenäisyyspäivä
make hot chocolate
hang a wreath
read a Christmas book

But there has been no sticking snow yet, for the snow angels and snowmen on our list. There is some rooftop snow--Baby A pointed to it and declared it to be ice cream! Oh, I wish.
Are you having a creamy white December? Have you been festive? What have you been reading?

1 comment:

  1. I saw this book a couple of years ago in a catalog and absolutely fell in love with that and bought it.Real wintery woods, real photos of woods' animals! It's darling!


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