wow, what a read!
a refreshing escape to another world, a real family oriented fantasy novel. i can almost feel the crisp nip of a winter chill and smell the smoke from the fireplace. i am so reminded of another book that was read to me as a child. my all time favorite book in the world - "The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles" by julie edwards. this book made such an impression on my life and the story stuck with me, but began to fade over the years into a vague, familiar pleasant memory. i eventually forgot the name of the book, but not the feeling it gave me. our 2nd grade teacher (ms. skelton) had us lay our heads down on our desks and close our eyes and read us this tale. as a child, i could begin to imagine the characters in my mind's eye. as an adult, i began to want to reread this book, but couldn't remember the name. i searched and searched, but could never find it. even the friend who had brought this book to school for our teacher to read had moved away not long after she read it.
i began to narrow it down to it's red cover and the vivid characters. Chronicles of Narnia was a close fit, but that wasn't it. it was not until Facebook, that i reconnected with that old friend i had went to grade school with, over 35 years ago that i uncovered the name.
after finding this book and rereading it, it filled a place in my heart, but as with any great book, we never want the story to end. you begin to search for another, similar great book that will give you that same connection. that is when i ran across "The Winter Letter" by d.e. stanley. i finally had the chance to relive that early memory in a new exciting way. wow, what a read!
this is a great book for kids and adults as well. and if you pay close attention, this book seems to pays homage to that other great writer as well - c.s. lewis of "The Chronicles of Narnia".
if you have the opportunity, have someone read this book to you and close your eyes and travel to this other world.