text & illustrations by Mandy Stanley
HarperCollins Children’s Books , Great Britain, 2010
Age group: 2-5 years old
Format: 32 page paperback
How happy was I to discover a Christmas book on the shelves at our latest holiday house? It may have been out of season, but my kids and I enjoyed reading it together ?
A curious and brace rabbit sets off to discover Christmas.
This is a cute little story that requires a certain suspension of disbelief!
Lettice is a young rabbit who can communicate with humans, wonder what Christmas is and dress but has never seen snow before.
She goes off exploring to find out what Christmas really is, eventually finding some children who show her Christmas in their house. They discuss things like decorating the house and Santa delivering gifts, which is sweet, but I was a bit uncomfortable about all their wishes coming true and the absence of ‘being with family’ and ‘sharing’ in their descriptions. That is, it may be somewhat realistic for how children think but isn’t encouraging deeper thought nor non-material warmth.
It is a happy and joyful story, including generous children, so it seems very suitable as Christmas book.
Would I recommend it? For younger children and those who have enjoyed other Lettice books, yes this is a beautiful addition to a Christmas book collection.