I know that not everyone will be celebrating New Year at midnight tomorrow night (and I have to admit I’ll probably be in bed long before the clocks chime in 2010) but still I couldn’t resist looking for some books about New Year and including them in this week’s Fantastic Fiction for Kids. I haven’t yet been able to get hold of these through our library system (though I’m looking forward to doing so), therefore instead of comments from me I’ve linked to reviews elsewhere on the web.
A Happy New Year’s Day by Roch Carrier, illustrated by Gilles Pelletier
“A four-year-old boy tells us about the first New Year’s Day that he can remember, of being entranced by the mystery of the radio, and interested in newspaper images of soldiers at war…” For the full review click here. For a short biography of Roch Carrier, one of French Canada’s most important novelists” click here.
P. Bear’s New Year’s Party: A Counting Book by Paul Own Lewis
As I haven’t been able to get hold of either of these books in time, what I will be reading with M is The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen, set as it is on New Year’s Eve. I know it’s a sad story, but I think M will still find it beautiful. We’ll be reading our version from a very plain collected works volume, but there are some lovely looking picture book versions available – do take a look at this great gallery over at SurLaLune Fairy Tales, with more details at the SurLaLune Fairy Tales Blog.
Some New Year music could include:
and of course
Our family will be doing two particular things to celebrate the passing of the old year and the arrival of the new – both are Dutch traditions: We’ll be setting off some fireworks saved from Guy Fawkes Night (providing it isn’t snowing), and I shall also attempt to make for the first time Oliebollen – a type of doughnut filled with raisins and apples. My dear husband always had these as a kid at New Year, made by his father and it’s a tradition I hope we will continue!
Wishing you each and everyone of you a very happy and full-of-hope New Year! See you in 2010