Byrd Baylor Schweitzer ~ Garth Williams ~ Macmillan, 1963
Though this book isn't about the holidays, its theme sure makes good on the season. Told in sometime rhyme, the story is about a poor Mexican boy who wants more than anything a dog... but when his family can't afford one, the idea of taming a prairie dog begins to look really good and so our tale begins.
Very gently he whispered
Was so soft
It could only be heard
By one prairie dog
And one low-flying bird...
It was half laugh, half song,
The kind of word that floats along.
Little does the boy know that at that same time a wee prairie dog is thinking about taming a boy himself, and the intersection of these dreams is pure sweetness. You have the love of nature, the essence of hope, appreciating what you have in life, and all sorts of good "green" messages tied in here for the holiday season. Oh, what a lovely thing a friend is indeed. I just love Garth's drawings here, at once sad and melancholy, then a few pages over filled with pure joy. This is the feel good story I needed to read today.
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