The rhythm of growing up is pretty consistent from one generation to the next -- even when the world around us changes human development follows a more or less predictable pattern. The life pictured in this Austin family story is just about as far from children's lives today as the Laura Ingalls Wilder books were from my generation's experiences. But every child in any given generation or culture must figure out where and how they fit within their world -- it's the wonder of growing up!
L'Engle wrote a five-novel series, the Austin Family Chronicles with this Christmas story as a prequel; the stories are of their time, but L'Engle's gifted writing still rings current at the heart of the story.
Early chapter book readers, 48 pages. Vicky Austin’s family does one special thing each day of December to prepare for Christmas. This year they’re also preparing for the birth of a new brother or sister, due after the New Year.
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