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The Christmas House Review by Nancy King

By Carol Bullman
Illustrated by James Madsen

This is a children's book for ages 4-8. I really enjoyed how beautifully written this book is, and the illustrations seem almost real and bring on the feeling of being in the same room with the characters. A baby experiencing his first Christmas and the family dog in the home are the warmest characters of the story. As music pours into the night, each passing neighbor is drawn to the house from which it comes. A knock on the door reveals the happy couple with their newborn baby enjoying the true spirit of Christmas--without the need for presents stacked under a tree. With its illustrations, this charming story is sure to be a new classic.

This is my favorite line in the story: "Laughter filled the house. George nodded at the dog, cradled the baby in his arms and led the others to the piano. The guests gathered around letting the music hold them. Soon the sounds of all their voices were riding out the window on the soft night air spreading the joy of Christmas." I had goose bumps on my arms as I read this story--as though it were happening to my family. I would recommend this book for any family, young or old. Be aware that Santa Claus is referred to in the book, as some readers may be offended. 

Product review by Nancy King, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, November 2009