Thursday, December 6, 2012
Mrs. Claus Takes a Vacation by Linas Alsenas
Rating: 5 stars
Lorelei checked out this book from her school library yesterday--and shared it with the rest of us. We LOVE it!
Mrs. Claus has had enough of staying at home while Mr. Claus gets to see the world. So she packs her bags, borrows the reindeer and says, "I'm outta here!" Okay, Linas Alsenas words it a little differently...
The next few pages made me laugh out loud.
First, you see Santa at home, worrying. "Mrs. Claus isn't used to warm weather," thought Santa. "She'll get sunburned!" he says with a droopy, forlorn face.
Turn the page.
Nope! There's a huge two-page spread of Mrs. Claus in her (age-appropriate) white bathing suit! She's lovin' the sun!
Next, you see Santa at home, worrying. "She doesn't know all the worlds languages. I'll be she's terribly lonely," he says in a heavy, woe-is-me tone.
Turn the page.
Nope! There's a huge two-page spread of Mrs. Claus merrily dancing (in Poland? Greece?), blending in with the locals in their attire. She's livin' it up!
You get the idea. After these pages, Mrs. Claus begins to miss her husband, who is getting into the holiday spirit as much as he can at home. She begins to notice that Christmas is coming, and she feels the tug of home. The two are thrilled to see each other on Christmas Eve Day, but Santa soon has to get on his way. As he is ready to walk out the door, he hands her her coat. And invites her to come along. She happily accepts.
This book is just great--a tiny glimpse into adult love, but one with enough care and humor and familiarity that kids would hear and see just a cute story (but hopefully get a bit more). A great, unique holiday book in case you're in need of another gift idea...!