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December 23, 2017 | Charlotte Donlon
I recently read something on Facebook (that I think is actually true) about a tradition in Iceland where everyone exchanges gifts of books on Christmas Eve. Then they read their new books in bed that night while eating chocolate. Sign me up for books and chocolate in bed on Christmas Eve. There are worse ways to pass the time while waiting for The Big Day.
And there are worse books to read than the two children’s books I picked up at Church Street this week. We’re All Wonders by R. J. Palacio (based on Palacio’s Wonder) and Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers have similar themes that will make children (and adults) think about what it means to be human, what it looks like to inhabit Earth, and what it looks like to show kindness to others. Both books have fantastic art, as well, providing a visual feast for eyes of all ages.
A few of my favorite lines from Here We Are are:
“Things can sometimes move slowly here on Earth. More often, though, they move quickly, so use your time well. It will be gone before you know it.”
And a few of my favorite lines from We’re All Wonders are:
“I know I can’t change the way I look. But maybe, just maybe… People can change the way they see. If they do, they’ll see that I’m a wonder.”
How great is that?
So if you’re looking for a last-minute Christmas gift or are inspired by the tradition mentioned above, We’re All Wonders and Here We Are are great options this holiday season.
Charlotte lives in Homewood with her husband and their two children. She’s earning an MFA in creative writing from Seattle Pacific University, and she does freelance writing and copywriting. You can find her online at www.charlottedonlon.com, on Twitter at @charlottedonlon, and on Instagram at @charlottedonlon. You can sign up for her weekly email newsletter about reading, writing, and creativity via her website at charlottedonlon.com. Email newsletter subscribers are invited to participate in book giveaways, too. Feel free to contact Charlotte at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments!