If there was ever a Christmas balm for the heart, a pretty and old fashioned story to nestle into and loose yourself in, It’s Tasha Tudor’s book “Becky’s Christmas.”
Becky’s Christmas is featured in the Tasha Tudor Christmas-themed special “Take Peace”, and since hearing the excerpts and seeing the pictures there, I’ve wanted a copy of the book. The only problem was, it’s out of print and costs a pretty penny. However, some times you can find reasonably priced used copies on Amazon, and that is finally what happened ($15!) It’s a Christmas miracle!
“Becky’s Christmas” follows a little girl named Becky as she prepares for Christmas– secretly making presents for her family, going out to the snowy forest to collect greenery for decorating the old farm house, making a creche in the fire place, baking cookies with her family, and the general anticipation of the holiday in a very sweet and simplistic way.
You know Becky’s never been to Toys ‘R Us or the mall. And you love her for it.
This story is of a pretty good length, just shy of being a chapter book. There’s a lot of text and a lot of detail in the story, which I love, but which might also be a little long for young readers. For a little one like mine, who is a kindergartener, it might be a story you’d want to break up to read for two or three nights. But for an older child, who is mastering longer stories, I think this will be a real treasure. I know I would have loved it when I was about 8 or 9.
“Becky’s Christmas” is, quite simply, some of Tasha’s finest work. The story is rich in detail and simple excitement. There’s not a lot of gushing or fluff, but it’s easy to feel Becky’s anticipation, her excitement at mastering new things so she can create gifts for her family, her joy in being part of her family and the simple happiness of the holiday.
If you are in search of simple ways to celebrate Christmas, I think this book would be a wonderful addition to your evening reading! Definitely a book to cherish and come back to year after year~
A happy Tasha Tuesday to you~