Friday, December 11, 2015

Dear Abby - Vintage Christmas Dachshunds

Dear Friends,

I have enjoyed looking at vintage Christmas images on Pinterest lately.  I especially love vintage dog pictures.  I've found some wonderful Christmas pictures that I thought you would enjoy as well.

The dachshund on this vintage Christmas card  has a candy cane and presents!


This little dachshund is helping her person play records.  Fun!


The dachshund on this Christmas card is going for a walk with her person -- they even have matching red coats. 


This looks like Christmas morning, with a mother, daughter, and red dachshund.  The tinsel on that tree looks like fun to play with!


The dachshund on this 1960 Calling All Girls magazine cover is helping her person dress up as Santa.


This dachshund looks very excited about his present!   This is another Calling All Girls cover (1961).


This Calling All Girls magazine cover features a dachshund who is about to wake up to a tiny tree and presents.


This Calling All Girls magazine features another Santa dress up picture.  The dachshund is helping again!


I hope you enjoyed these images.  Which is your favorite?  I like them all, but have a special fondness for the Calling All Girls picture with the tiny tree and presents.

I hope you have a wonderful day -- and wishing you a very happy holiday season!

Love,

Abby xoxoxo

Book Review - Whispers in the Reading Room by Shelley Gray



Book Synopsis:

Lydia’s job at the library is her world—until a mysterious patron catches her eye . . . and perhaps her heart.

Just months after the closure of the Chicago World’s Fair, librarian Lydia Bancroft finds herself fascinated by a mysterious dark-haired and dark-eyed patron. He has never given her his name; he actually never speaks to a single person. All she knows about him is that he loves books as much as she does.

Only when he rescues her in the lobby of the Hartman Hotel does she discover that his name is Sebastian Marks. She also discovers that he lives at the top of the prestigious hotel and that most everyone in Chicago is intrigued by him.

Lydia and Sebastian form a fragile friendship, but when she discovers that Mr. Marks isn’t merely a very wealthy gentleman, but also the proprietor of an infamous saloon and gambling club, she is shocked.
Lydia insists on visiting the club one fateful night and suddenly is a suspect to a murder. She must determine who she can trust, who is innocent, and if Sebastian Marks—the man so many people fear—is actually everything her heart believes him to be.

Book Review 
I really looked forward to reading Whispers in the Reading Room.  First, it is about a librarian and set in an old fashioned library.  Second, it is a historical novel.  Third, it takes place after the Chicago World's Fair, and I have always been fascinated by the World's Fairs and Expositions.

Lydia is a wonderful protagonist.  She is smart, loves books, and slowly learns to stand up for herself.  I liked her relationship with Sebastian, and the respect he showed from her beginning early in the book.

The historical setting in Chicago, with the two different worlds that Lydia and Sebastian live in, was fascinating.

It was more of a historical romance than a mystery, but I found much to enjoy about the novel, and feel that other readers of historical fiction will enjoy it as well. 
Shelley Shepard Gray
About the Author

Shelley Gray is the author of The Heart of a Hero series. Her Amish novel (written as Shelley Shepard Gray), "The Protector," recently made the New York Times best seller list. A native of Texas, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Colorado and taught school for ten years. She and her husband have two children and live in Southern Ohio.

I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: The Knights Before Christmas by Joan Holub


Book Description:
'Twas December 24th, and three brave knights were just settling in for the night when out on the drawbridge, there arose such a clatter! The knights try everything to get rid of this unknown invader (Santa Claus!), a red and white knight with a fleet of dragons . . .
But nothing would stop
 their white-whiskered foe.
 No matter their efforts,
 he just would not go!
This parody of Clement Clarke Moore's well-known poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas is kid-friendly, clever, and just plain silly.  Sure to become a holiday classic of a different kind!

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My Review:
I am a fan of Joan Holub's books for children.  They are told with such good humor and such clever word play.  I knew The Knights Before Christmas would be another fun book for children, and it is!

This book is a parody of The Night Before Christmas, set in a medieval castle with knights.  It is bright and colorful, with great illustrations by Scott Magoon.

The humor is fresh and breezy.  What a fun book for a home or classroom read aloud! 

To give an example of the humor:

"Silent Knight, in his nightie and iron-armored cap, was just settling in for a long winter's nap."  There is an illustration of the knight dreaming:  "I'm dreaming of a white javelin, just like the one I used to throw."

I enthusiastically recommend this cute and clever children's book for your Christmas collection.    



About the Author:
Joan Holub is the author of 140+ books for children including the acclaimed picture books Little Red Writing, The Knights Before Christmas, and Mighty Dads, a New York Times bestseller. Joan co-authors (with Suzanne Williams) three series: Goddess Girls (ages 8-12, Greek mythology with a middle school twist), Grimmtastic Girls (for ages 8-12, fairy tale adventure with a middle school twist), and Heroes in Training (ages 6-11, Greek mythology adventure chapter books). Watch for her upcoming chapter book, What Was Woodstock?, and her board book, This Little President, both available in early 2016!

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Book Review: M Is For Manger by Crystal Bowman and Teri McKinley

Book Synopsis
Travel through the alphabet with this beautiful rhyming storybook that tells the story of Jesus’ birth. Begin with the angel who tells Mary that she is God’s chosen vessel and follow along until you reach the zillions of stars that paled in comparison to the star that announced the birthplace of the newborn King. Beautifully illustrated and written, this book will be a classic for parents to read to their children every Christmas season.

My Review
M is for Manger is a lovely picture book for children about the birth of Christ.  The Christmas story is told in chronological order with an ABC format.  Each letter has an illustration, a short narrative, and a Bible verse.  For instance:

"A is for Angel.  An Angel said to Mary, 'You are the favored one.  You're going to have a baby boy, and he will be God's Son.'"  "The angel told her ... 'You have found favor with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son.' (Luke 1:30 - 31, NLT)."

This is a perfect read aloud, great for home, Sunday school, or a church preschool.  The illustrations by Claire Keay are sweet and charming, sure to appeal to young children.  I highly recommend this book for the Christmas season.
  
  I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for an honest review.