Monthly Rhyme from Twiglet's book: "March in in, the winds begin!" Twiglet, the Little Christmas Tree Copyright 2003 by Phyllis and Janey Fisher.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Review by The GateKeeper...


The GateKeeper said...

The Gatekeeper has this to say about sweet Twiglet . . .

Twiglet is a wonderful family project. Quite a few members of the Fisher, Richardson and McAnally families had a say in this children’s book and even a few written lines here and there. It’s quite a clever concept and family values shine through the story of Twiglet. The characters are believable, strong in morals, and loveable. If the writers and illustrators could find the time, it might be interesting to see if this might be re-worked into a book series.

It’s a wonderful Christmas story that teaches valuable lessons, with clever “sidebars” dispersed throughout the book to introduce young ones to the seasons and months of the year. Another point of interest is the chance for communicating with the children you are reading Twiglet to or with, is the Glossary of Terms. It covers the words children might not know, or are unfamiliar with. Some of these words are wonderful lessons in itself.

Twiglet is meant to be read out loud by everyone’s grandma who is sitting on her favorite rocking chair, with the family quilt draped over her lap, relaxing in front of the fireplace on Christmas Eve with all the grandchildren around her. I adore how the story brings out a time and place when life seemed sweeter, even through hardships.

Grandma, of course, would have to hold up the book as she’s reading in order to show off Phyllis and Janey’s illustrations. The art work in Twiglet is wonderful and graces every page of the book—very colorful, creative and becomes a vital part of the story.

Twiglet would do well as a gift book also. The illustrations alone could probably qualify it as such—a nice basket with homemade jams and bread, cookies, candy, and fresh fruit perhaps, with Twiglet in the middle. There’s even three bookmarks to cut out.

Add this book to your Christmas library, though the children might enjoy this one all the year through.

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2 comments:

Janey Loree said...

Gatekeeper...thank you for such an awesome review on our children's book! You have caught the very essence of what we want to portray to reader's of all ages, but especially to young reader's!!!

The GateKeeper said...

Aaah, got to love the Gatekeeper. :) And you are welcome.

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