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Celebrate the message behind each week of Advent with these special books (at a special price!) honoring the themes of Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace. These FOUR books come individually wrapped and dated to be opened in the four weeks leading up to Christmas. Treat a special child or family to these four beautiful bundles delivered in our 2020 holiday bag with a personalized bookplate. Your holiday wishes will be front and center for many years to come. These secular stories were chosen for their timely messages and are beautifully suited to be read by all, throughout the year.
By Stephanie Campisi and Madeline Andronic
Week 1: HOPE
Open the Week of Nov 29th
When a great white oak gifts an old man a branch imbued with magic, he carves five wooden matryoshka dolls, “each smaller than the last.” The wooden dolls take on a life of their own as they frolic from one season to the next, bringing the old man and his wife a joy they had always longed for. Beautiful verse and stunning, traditional illustrations full of woodland creatures and playfully painted matryoshka dolls explore a tale of heartache, hope, and love.
Peace is an Offering
By: Annette LeBox & Stephanie Graegin
Week 2: PEACE
Open the Week of Dec 6th
A warm, comforting poem about finding peace in a community of neighbors
Peace is an offering.
A muffin or a peach.
A birthday invitation.
A trip to the beach.
Join this group of neighborhood children as they find love in everyday things—in sunlight shining through the leaves and cookies shared with friends—and learn that peace is all around, if you just look for it. With rhyming verse and soft illustrations, this book will help families and teachers look for the light moments when tragedy strikes and remind readers of the calm and happiness they find in their own community every day.
The Runaway Shirt
By: Kathy MacMillan & Julia Castano
Week 3: JOY
Open the Week of Dec 13th
Laundry is a chore, but when a child climbs in the basket, everything becomes a game. Follow along as this mother takes a break from folding clothes to join her child in the delightful laughter of imagination. In The Runaway Shirt, housework and pretend play come together to transport readers to a kid’s world of wonder and excitement. Each page of charming illustration is a work in joy and mirth. Who knew folding laundry could be so fun?
I'll Love You for Always
By: Peter Hinckley & Lu Green
Week 4: LOVE
Open the Week of Dec 20th
Oh dearest one, it’s hard to tell you
Everything you’ll need.
Here, at least, you have my love to
Read, and read, and read.
Where’er you go, whate’er you do,
Have peace. Be calm. Be still.
My love will keep surrounding you.
It does. It always will.
Nothing can stop your love from reaching your child, and in I'll Love You for Always, that love is always on hand in the form of 6 beautiful notes that you can write straight into the book! As a young child travels through life's peaks and valleys, sunshine and shadow, colorful love birds appear carrying 6 different notes of love and reassurance. Some notes fold out from the pages, some are tucked in envelopes, and all of them include simple prompts that invite parents to write heartfelt expressions that will be treasured for years to come. The perfect I-love-you book for bedtime, birthdays, celebrations, and even grown-up graduations, I'll Love You for Always is a timeless gift your children will cherish long past childhood.
Retail value of personalized set is $107.96.
All four books will be delivered together in our holiday canvas bag but wrapped separately with individual sticker stating the date to be opened.
We suggest ordering by November 15th with ground shipping in order to start reading on Sunday, November 29th. Order by Thursday, November 19th with priority shipping to receive by Sunday, November 29th.
(Please note that USPS is declaring longer shipping times this year and we cannot guarantee any delivery dates.)