A Reader’s Holiday Feast
by Kari Ann St. Jean
The winter holidays are a magical time. This season, feed your imagination with exciting stories set far from the backdrop of Connecticut. Enjoy this menu for a scrumptious reader’s feast, filled with textured tales of wonder, fantasy and adventure perfect for kids hungering for a great story.
Twelve Kinds of Ice, by Ellen Bryan Obed, is an appetizing first course delight. Told through nostalgic vignettes, this joyful story captures the essence and anticipation of winter’s first snow, inspiring you to lace up your skates and glide into the season. Twelve Kinds of Ice is a perfect figure 8.
For a second course, try William Alexander’s National Book Award winner, Goblin Secrets. A Victorian fantasy classically played out in three acts, Goblin Secrets presents the young orphan Rowdie, who escapes the home of chicken-legged Graba the Witch in order to search for his missing brother. While searching, Rowdie joins a Goblin troupe, becomes an actor and learns the secret power of masks. Read Goblin Secrets and enter the landscape of a theatrical fairy tale.
Enjoy a mouth-watering main course with Sage Blackwood’s Jinx. Jinx is a wizard’s apprentice who sets off on a quest through a magical forest filled with enchanted creatures. Join Jinx as he journeys through a tale of magic and whimsy where witches travel by butter churn, the trees can think and spells are cast. Enjoy delightful bouts of wordplay and vivid settings in this exciting, thought-provoking tale of a magic and hope.
Room for dessert? How about a blend of humor, science, math, Carl Sagan and the universe that is Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass. This refreshing and entertaining book tells the story of Joss, seventh son of the Supreme Overlord of the Universe, who delivers pies. However, when Earth is accidently removed from the space time continuum, it’s Joss who comes to the rescue. Try Pi in the Sky for a filling, fantastic and fun ride.
Now, if pies and disappearing planets don’t whet your appetite, try The Brixen Witch from local author, Stacy DeKeyser. A delicious, petite foray into an enchanted world, The Brixen Witch is the story of 12-year old Rudi, who fatefully finds the witch’s missing golden coin. When Rudi fails to return the treasure, his mistake opens a whole new can of worms.
Events at the Avon Free Public Library
After you have enjoyed your delicious reading feast, take a scenic drive to Avon to visit the Avon Free Public Library for a stocking filled with winter fun.
On Tuesday, December 10 kids in grades 3-6 can start crafting their holiday cheer with Creative Art. Enjoy making unique Christmas cards from 4-4:45 p.m.
Then on Thursday, December 12 from 10:15-11 a.m., kids, ages 2-3, can drop in and enjoy Mini Moovers, a structured playgroup with movement and music.
Delight in holiday magic on Thursday, December 19 at 1:30 p.m. for the matinee showing of Miracle on 34th Street. If the movie has you inspired, join in the LEGO® Club at 4 p.m. The library will bring the LEGOs; kids in grades 1-3 just need to bring their imaginations!
Registration is only required for LEGO Club. The Avon Free Public Library is located at 281 Country Club Road.
For more information, call 860-673-9712 or visit www.avonctlibrary.info.
May reading be your journey this winter. Bon Voyage and Bon Appetit!
Kari Ann St. Jean is the Children’s and Teen Service Manager at the Avon Free Public Library.