Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Holly and Ivy

"This is a story about wishing," starts the story of Holly & Ivy.  Indeed, this wonderful book written by Rumer Godden and illustrated by Barbara Cooney is all about wishing and dreams coming true.

Miss Nancy at The Storybook Shoppe recommended this beautiful book to our family.  We fell in love with the tale of Ivy, an orphan who wants a home for the holidays more than anything else, Holly, a doll who wants a girl to bring her to life, and a lonely, childless couple who wants a family.   It's a story about Christmastime, when all three wishes come true as one.

This is not a short picture book, it's actually quite long, and it is recommended for children ages 5+.  (Though I think it's better suited for an 8 or 9 year old.)  I sat down with Molly who is 4 years old to read it, but it was much too long for her, although she truly enjoyed the vignettes and whimsical pictures that tell the story wonderfully.  The illustrations in this book are nothing short of magical.  They are very realistic and captivating.  Molly loved the picture of Ivy drinking hot chocolate and every wintery scene that just feels like Christmas!

We have several copies of Holly & Ivy in store, and many available to ship directly to your door.  There's still time to have it by Christmas!  Save 10% OFF and have it delivered directly to your front door.  Check out with PayPal, it's really is the "safe and easy way to pay."

HOLLY AND IVY by Rumer Godden/Barbara Cooney
$16.91 (normally $17.99) plus $5 shipping and tax 

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