Peter and Lotta's Christmas Hardback
by Elsa Beskow
Peter and Lotta go to live in the country with Aunt Green, Aunt Brown, Aunt Lavender and Uncle Blue.
As Christmas approaches, they discover all kinds of new surprises, but best of all is finding where the presents come from.
Is it from deep in the forest where the tallest fir trees grow?
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 36 pages, colour illustrations
- Publisher: Floris Books
- Publication Date: 26/09/2002
- Category: Picture books
- ISBN: 9780863153723
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Review by AbigailAdams26
Peter and Lotta - whose story began in the picture-books <u>Aunt Green, Aunt Brown and Aunt Lavender</u> and <u>Aunt Brown's Birthday</u>, and then continued in the delightful <u>Peter and Lotta's Adventure</u> and <u>Uncle Blue's Boat</u> - return in this fifth and final installment of their series, in which they celebrate a very Swedish Christmas! Surprised when the Christmas Goat appears at dinner (coincidentally, at the same time that Uncle Blue is out of the room) with their gifts, Peter and Lotta believe Aunt Lavender's explanation - that he is really an enchanted prince who lives in the middle of the forest - implicitly. Sure enough, they encounter a dark-haired musician in the forest the next fall - masquerading as a charcoal-burner - and request that he, in his capacity as Christmas goat, deliver <i>their</i> gifts to the aunts. Imagine everyone's surprise, when TWO Christmas goats appear at dinner...I was surprised to see, from another reviewer's comments, that some people don't like the inclusion of the Christmas goat (rather than Father Christmas), as that was one of the things I liked best, about <u>Peter and Lotta's Christmas</u>! This alternative gift-bringer was fascinating to me - I'd never heard of this tradition before! - and could prove very educational for English-language children. I also appreciated Beskow's sensitivity to the sometimes credulous nature of children, in the form of Peter and Lotta's absolute belief in Aunt Lavender's explanation for the Christmas goat. All in all, this was a delightful little holiday tale, ably accompanied by Beskow's charming artwork, and is highly recommended to any reader looking for Swedish Christmas fare, or who is a fan of the author/artist's work.