Christmas Edition

5 Dec

Dress: Op Shop

Necklace: Ebay

Reading: Christmas Eve at the Mellops’ by Tomi Ungerer (Phaidon, 2011).

Sometimes I ignore all the best advice regarding childhood literacy about how reading should be fun, blah, blah, blah and I try to make my children like the same books I do. These books usually contain a worthy message. This approach is often unsuccessful as kids are easily bored by a book with a lesson to teach.

One of these books is, Christmas Eve at the Mellops’. I purchased it last year at Christmas time and despite the lack of interest first time around I am going to persist because the more I read it the more I love it.  And they will too. This book shows that you can give to others, (if you give what is needed and not just because you can) and enjoy what you have at Christmas. The illustrations depict the misery, poverty and loneliness that is the reality for many people (or pigs) at Christmas time.  Yet, it is not a depressing book. The Mellops children make the effort to give what is wanted rather than giving just because they want to feel good about giving, even though this is the end result.

Tomi Ungerer is a legendary children’s book author and illustrator. You may not know about his anti-war posters and erotica.

Warning: this video contains images of violence and nudity. Sometimes both together.

Source: Far out isn’t far enough

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