Finding books under the Christmas tree was both delight and dilemma. Should I read one all day--which I knew I'd finish by bedtime--and how could I choose which one to read first? Or should I read the first chapter of each one, then read the second chapters, and keep the order going until all were finished? Which method would make the magical stories last longer?
Deborah Wiles is a favorite author of mine. If I found these 3 books under my tree, the old familiar problem would rush out to greet me with a huge smile on its face:
1) LOVE, RUBY LAVENDER
2) EACH LITTLE BIRD THAT SINGS
3) THE AURORA COUNTY ALLSTARS
Deborah's characters endure, like friends in a town I could well have lived in when I was ten. I read these books out of order and was tickled pink as us small town folks say to find some of the lesser characters in one book take on major roles in another. Order doesn't matter. What matters is that a young reader you love is going to thank you for introducing her to Comfort Snowberger, Peach, Dismay, and .....
Now, how about you? What book(s) would have caused you to be late for Christmas dinner?