By Kate Dicamillo and illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
I thought I would start off the book reading Challenge with a story thats based on my favourite time of year, “Christmas” As I turned the pages, the beautiful, full page pictures done in deep soft hue colouring, gave me the feeling I was in New York, wandering through the snow covered streets a week before Christmas. Frances, a young fair headed girl, notices a monkey and an organ grinder, who have appeared on the corner of her busy street and wonders where they go at night.Worrying about them she readys herself for the Christmas Pageant.
Her first picture book, Kate DiCamillo weaves compassion and joy through Russian illustrator, Bagram’s colourfull pages. I can imagine as a little girl curling up on someones lap and having this story read to me.